ForYourArt 4 Made in L.A. 2012
A special series in partnership with Made in L.A. 2012
Beginning June 2 Los Angeles gets its own biennial with the opening of the first iteration of the Hammer Museum’s new Made in L.A. 2012 exhibition, organized in collaboration with LA><ART. Made in L.A. 2012 will feature nearly all new work, including installations, videos, sculptures, films, performances, drawings, and paintings along with 10 major commissions, created specifically for the biennial by the more than 60 participating L.A.-based artists. The works will be on view at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, LA><ART in Culver City and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Park until September 2, 2012.
More About Made in L.A.
The biennial grew out of the Hammer’s longtime invitational-exhibition schedule, which occurred every two years. Some of these past exhibitions included Snapshot, International Paper, Thing, Nine Lives, and most recently All of this and nothing, most of which focused primarily on artistic practices in Los Angeles. The Made in L.A. biennial emerged naturally from this programming pattern and is now defined as an institutionalized and recurring event.
Curated by Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, LA><ART Director and Chief Curator Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART Associate Director and Senior Curator Cesar Garcia, and LA><ART curator-at-large Malik Gaines, the work featured in Made in L.A. touches upon various themes. “The loose concepts of archeology, materiality, theatricality, subjectivity, and mythology rose to the surface in our curatorial sessions as threads for establishing relationships between the works,” says Firstenberg. “Though the installation is not explicitly organized around these ideas, they are certainly explored in the catalogue.”
In conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, the Venice Beach Biennial, also organized by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the ‘real’ Venice Biennale in Italy and will take place July 13-15 on none other than the Venice Beach boardwalk. This outdoor exhibition will see somewhere between 30 and 40 participating artists set up vending stands alongside the boardwalk’s usual vendors and present new bodies of work, displaying site-specific sculptures and installations, presenting live performances and even collaborating with the boardwalk’s veteran artists.
Arthure “Art” Moore, Funky Pussy, 2012, Courtesy of the Hammer Museum and LA><ART.