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Made in L.A. 2014: Second in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions opens at the Hammer Museum
Sarah Rara. The Pollinators, 2014 (still). Video, sound, color. Running time not yet determined. Sound by Luke Fischbeck. Courtesy of the artist.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Hammer Museum announces Made in L.A. 2014, the second in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focused on work created by artists in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2014 is on view June 15 – September 7, 2014 at the Hammer Museum and features 35 artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists.

Made in L.A. 2014 has been installed in every gallery of the museum and debuts recent work and new painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography, and performances created specifically for the exhibition. There are 11 major new commissions for the exhibition and every artist has received an honorarium. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive hardcover catalogue, as well as a full roster of free public programming. Made in L.A. 2014 is organized by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler and independent curator Michael Ned Holte.

“When we initiated this series focused on L.A. we knew each incarnation would be uniquely different and that the vast and varied artist community in this city could absolutely sustain a large-scale ongoing biennial,” says Hammer Museum director Annie Philbin. “Like the curators in 2012, Michael and Connie have visited hundreds of studios and will tell you they have only scratched the surface—there is so much going on here. We are committed to supporting this extraordinary creative community and helping to foster its continued growth and success.”

Over the past year Butler and Holte have visited hundreds of studios across Southern California in areas including Koreatown, Inglewood, Venice, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, and Laguna Beach. Although the exhibition is not organized thematically, certain concepts have emerged during the curatorial process. For example, many of the artists in Made in L.A. 2014 work collaboratively as part of their practice, and move within a network of overlapping communities throughout Los Angeles underpinned by the region’s art schools and artist-run spaces. Several of the artists have curatorial projects and artist-founded initiatives that engage in social practice or work to flatten traditional art world hierarchies, including Public Fiction, Los Angeles Museum of Art, KCHUNG and James Kidd Studio. The presentation Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm, organized by David Frantz (Curator, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives), represents a historical precedent for such art communities in Los Angeles.

As Holte notes in the exhibition catalogue, Made in L.A. 2014 strives to “describe the larger atmospheric condition of the Los Angeles art world by spotlighting a diverse number of idiosyncratic microclimates that define it.” The show also examines these 35 Los Angeles artists’ varied notions of community, while acknowledging the global context of their work and the growing position of L.A. as an international art center and destination. The exhibition includes artists born or raised in places including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Venezuela. “Part of the beauty and double bind of the art community in Los Angeles is the tension between its intense localism and its international ambitions,” writes Connie Butler in the catalogue. “Practicing in this city means coming to terms with its status as a megalopolis with a regional art scene.”

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