Made in L.A. 2012, the first in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focused on new work created by artists in the Los Angeles region, opens June 2 at the Hammer Museum, LA><ART in Culver City, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz. Building upon the tradition of Hammer Invitational exhibitions, Made in L.A. 2012 features work by 60 artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. This exhibition will debut nearly all new installations, performances, drawings, film, video, sculptures, and paintings created specifically for Made in L.A. 2012. There are ten major new commissions for the exhibition and, in contrast to most biennials, every participating artist has received an honorarium.
Made in L.A. 2012, on view through September 2, 2012, is organized by a team of curators from the Hammer and LA><ART: 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.
NEW WEBSITE: MADEINLA2012.ORG
The Hammer Museum has just launched a dedicated website for the biennial— MADEINLA2012.ORG—which includes videos, a blog, robust content about each of the artists, and details on all public programs and performances at each of the venues.
Artists from Made in L.A. 2012 will produce billboard projects in various locations around the city; reaching broad audiences while complementing the installations at LA><ART and the Los Angeles
Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Park. With support from CBS Outdoor and the City of West Hollywood Art on the Outside program. Billboard on La Cienega Blvd. between Venice and Washington Blvds. (facing north) June: Slanguage July: Roy Dowell August: Meg Cranston Billboard on Hollywood Blvd. at the entrance of Barnsdall Park: July/August: Nicole Miller August/September: Cayetano Ferrer
FREE iPHONE APP
Made in L.A. Soundmap Made in L.A. Soundmap is a site-specific mobile audio experience designed for use while traveling to, from, and in between the three biennial venues. Made in L.A. Soundmap explores Los Angeles as the context for the exhibition through interviews with Made in L.A. 2012 artists and curators. In a first-of- its kind usage of geolocative technologies, audio segments from these interviews are placed throughout a city map, with each location relating specifically to the segment content. Audio segments play automatically as the app user moves through the city, responding to the user’s specificlocation. In between segments, music curated by the local collective dublab creates a soundtrack for one’s journey through L.A. Made in L.A. Soundmap is a free iPhone app that will be available in the iTunes store by June 2.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS & PERFORMANCES:
Made in L.A. 2012 will be accompanied by a robust schedule of free public programs, including live performances, film screenings, a music series presented with KCRW, conversations among participating artists, and curator walkthroughs. Download a pdf guide to public programs and performances at MADEINLA2012.org.
THE MOHN AWARD
The Mohn Award is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012. Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, the $100,000 award will be distributed over two years to an artist from the exhibition and will be accompanied by the publication of a book on the finalist’s work. All 60 artists at all three Made in L.A. 2012 venues are eligible to win the Mohn Award. The Mohn Award follows in the tradition of the Tate’s Turner Prize and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Bucksbaum Award. It is different in one significant way, however: while a professional jury will select five finalists from among the 60 artists, the Mohn Award recipient will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition through online and on-site voting. The five finalists will be announced on June 28 at a Hammer Bash!—a public event celebrating the exhibition—and voting will commence immediately. All visitors who wish to vote must register onsite at either the Hammer Museum or the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (a photo ID will be required). Votes may be cast onsite or online at MADEINLA2012.ORG. Voting ends August 12 and the finalist will be announced soon after.
VENICE BEACH BIENNIAL
July 13-15, 2012 The Venice Beach Biennial (VBB), a weekend event that makes tongue-in-cheek reference to the “real” Venice Biennale in Italy, treats the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk, as an outdoor exhibition venue. Over the course of the weekend of July 13-15, over 30 fine artists will set up vending stands alongside the veteran boardwalk artists, exhibiting new bodies of work, collaborating with the veterans on new projects, displaying site-specific sculptures or installations, and presenting live performances. VBB is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 and directed by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick.
Made in L.A. 2012 is accompanied by a lavish hardcover catalogue that includes an essay with contributions from each of the curators, a text about each of the sixty artists, and more than 300 full- color images of the artists’ works. The catalogue is designed by Michael Worthington of Counterspace, a Los Angeles-based design studio, and the type is set in “Raisonné,” a new font designed by Benjamin Critton. The catalogue is co-published with DelMonico Books, an imprint of Prestel Publishing, and retails for $49.95.
ARTISTS IN MADE IN L.A. 2012 includes: Scoli Acosta, Kathryn Andrews, Animal Charm (Richard Bott & Jim Fetterley), Math Bass, Scott Benzel, Sarah Cain, Sarah Conaway, Fiona Connor, Kate Costello, Meg Cranston, Nzuji de Magalhães, Michelle Dizon, Roy Dowell, Zackary Drucker (In collaboration with Rhys Ernst), Patricia Fernández, Cayetano Ferrer, Dan Finsel, Morgan Fisher, Simone Forti, Liz Glynn, Mark Hagen, Zach Harris, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, Channa Horwitz, Pearl C. Hsiung, Ashley Hunt, Vishal Jugdeo, Mimi Lauter, Thomas Lawson, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dashiell Manley, Allison Miller, Nicole Miller, Meleko Mokgosi, Zac Monday, Ruby Neri, D’Ette Nogle, Alex Olson, Michele O’Marah, Camilo Ontiveros, Joel Otterson, Karthik Pandian, The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Matt Lucero & Tuan Andrew Nguyen), Vincent Ramos, Laura Riboli, Ry Rocklen, Miljohn Ruperto, Analia Saban, Brian Sharp, Slanguage (Mario Ybarra Jr. & Karla Diaz), Ryan Sluggett, David Snyder, Jill Spector, Koki Tanaka, Henry Taylor, Caroline Thomas, Cody Trepte, Erika Vogt, Lisa Williamson, and Brenna Youngblood.
Camilo Ontiveros, Sketch for El Pedón, 2012. Ink on paper, 48 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.