The third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition continues to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
As part of an ongoing series, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions.Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only extends into such disciplines as dance, fashion, literature, music, film, and performance.
Rather than a unifying regional aesthetic, sensibility, or identity historically associated with Los Angeles, Made in L.A. 2016 focuses on artists from different disciplinary backgrounds, allowing individual projects and bodies of work to shape the overall exhibition. It features condensed monographic surveys, comprehensive displays of multiyear projects, the premiere of new bodies of work, and newly commissioned works from emerging artists.
Organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Made in L.A. 2016 is on view June 12 – August 28, 2016 at the Hammer Museum. Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only includes 26 contributing artists and participants.
Kelly Akashi (b. 1983, Los Angeles, CA) / Huguette Caland (b. 1931, Beirut, Lebanon) / Eckhaus Latta (est. 2011; Zoe Latta, b. 1987, Santa Cruz, CA, Mike Eckhaus, b. 1987, New York, NY) / Rafa Esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles, CA) / Lauren Davis Fisher (b. 1984, Cambridge, MA) / Todd Gray (b. 1954, Los Angeles, CA) / Joel Holmberg (b. 1982, Bethesda, MD) / Margaret Honda (b. 1961, San Diego, CA) / Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, MS) / Labor Link TV (est. 1988; Fred Lonidier, b. 1942, Lakeview, OR) / Laida Lertxundi (b. 1981, Bilbao, Spain) / Adam Linder (b. 1983, Sydney, Australia) / Guthrie Lonergan (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) / Rebecca Morris (b.1969, Honolulu, HI) / Shahryar Nashat (b. 1975, Geneva, Switzerland) / Silke Otto-Knapp (b.1970, Osnabrück, Germany) / Gala Porras-Kim (b. 1984, Bogotá, Colombia) / Sterling Ruby (b. 1972, Bitburg, Germany) / Aram Saroyan (b. 1943, New York, NY) / Kenzi Shiokava (b. 1938, São Paulo, Brazil) / Daniel R. Small (b.1984, Centralia, IL) / Wadada Leo Smith (b.1941, Leland, MS) / Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA) / Kenneth Tam (b. 1982, New York, NY) / Mark Verabioff (b. 1963, Kingston, Canada) / Dena Yago (b. 1988, New York, NY)
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue that functions as an extension of the exhibition. Built around a broad range of material, developed in collaboration with each participating artist and contributor, the catalogue includes commissioned essays and texts by artists, curators, critics, and writers, including George Clark, María Palacios Cruz, Raquel Gutiérrez, Sandy Lajer, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Sohrab Mohebbi, Ed Moses, Janet Sarbanes, Rachelle Sawatsky, Kitty Scott, Oscar Tuazon, and Robert Wilhite. The catalogue is designed by Joseph Logan Design, a New York-based design studio, and is co-published with DelMonico Books, an imprint of Prestel Publishing.
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only will be accompanied by a robust schedule of free public programs, including live performances, film screenings, a music series, conversations among participating artists, and student events. Programming information will be announced in May at www.hammer.ucla.edu.