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Made in L.A. 2012

Different venues, Los Angeles

The first Los Angeles biennial will be presented at the Hammer, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs' Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. The exhibition features works by 60 artists from the L.A. region, with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists and will debut new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances and paintings produced for the biennial. This show offers a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities worldwide.

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curated by Anne Ellegood, Ali Subotnick, Cesar Garcia, Lauri Firstenberg

Los Angeles biennial will feature sixty emerging and under-recognized artists Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum and LA>
"For over a decade, every two years, the Hammer has mounted an Invitational exhibition: Snapshot, International Paper, Thing, Nine Lives, and most recently All of this and nothing. These shows, with a few exceptions, focused primarily on artists from L.A. With Made in L.A. what we are essentially doing is clarifying this pattern and calling it what it is—a biennial—a word that everyone seems to understand," remarks Hammer Director Annie Philbin. "Our decision to focus exclusively on L.A. artists reinforces our ongoing commitment to the creative community that make this city so vibrant." Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by a team of curators from the Hammer and LA>
“Working with this curatorial team has been a gift and a highlight of this project. Our process was one of dynamic discussion and negotiation and our disparate approaches and priorities created a heterogeneous methodology to researching cultural production in L.A. at this moment,“ explains LA>

Made in L.A. 2012 will take place in every gallery at the Museum except for the Armand Hammer Collection galleries. Works by thirty-seven artists will be on view at the Hammer: Scoli Acosta, Kathryn Andrews, Sarah Conaway, Fiona Connor, Kate Costello, Meg Cranston, Roy Dowell, Zackary Drucker in collaboration with Rhys Ernst, Patricia Fernández, Dan Finsel, Morgan Fisher, Liz Glynn, Mark Hagen, Zach Harris, Channa Horowitz, Pearl Hsiung, Vishal Jugdeo, Mimi Lauter, Thomas Lawson, Meleko Mokgosi, Ruby Neri, D’Ette Nogle, Alex Olson, Camilo Ontiveros, Joel Otterson, Karthik Pandian, Laura Riboli, Analia Saban, Brian Sharp, Ryan Sluggett, David Snyder, Jill Spector, Koki Tanaka, Caroline Thomas, Cody Trepte, Erika Vogt, and Lisa Williamson.


Work by sixteen artists will be on view throughout the 10,000 square foot space at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG): Animal Charm (Rich Bott and Jim Fetterley), Sarah Cain, Michelle Dizon, Cayetano Ferrer, Simone Forti, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dashiell Manley, Allison Miller, Nicole Miller, Michele O’Marah, The Propeller Group (Phunam Thuc Ha, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen), Vincent Ramos, Ry Rocklen, Miljohn Ruperto, Henry Taylor, and Brenna Youngblood.

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Made in L.A. 2012 will also feature works by six performance artists: Math Bass (Hammer); Scott Benzel (Hammer); Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle (Hammer & LAMAG); Ashley Hunt (Hammer & LAMAG); Nzuji de Magalhães (Hammer); and Zac Monday (Hammer & LAMAG). These artists will not have works on view in the galleries.


In conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick is organizing the Venice Beach Biennial, from July 13–15, 2012. An unconventional, slightly unpredictable project, the Venice Beach Biennial (VBB), is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the “real” Venice Biennale in Italy. The project takes the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk, and treats it as an outdoor exhibition venue. Over the course of the weekend, roughly 30 to 40 artists will be setting up vending stands alongside the veteran boardwalk artists, exhibiting new bodies of work, collaborating together with the veterans on new projects, displaying site specific sculptures and/or installations, and presenting live performances.


Made in L.A. 2012 will be accompanied by a robust schedule of free public programs, including live performances by Animal Charm and Simone Forti; film screenings with Zackary Drucker and Erika Vogt; a music series, conversations among participating artists, and student events. The Hammer’s Public Engagement department is working with Fiona Connor, Zac Monday, D’Ette Nogle, and Koki Tanaka to produce their projects, as their works all include a public component or interaction with museum visitors.


Artists from Made in L.A. 2012 will produce billboard projects in various locations around the city including spots complementing the installations at LA>

Made in L.A. 2012 is accompanied by a handsome 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’ work. 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.


The Hammer is also pleased to have Wells Fargo on board as Made in L.A. 2012’s Presenting Sponsor, an important and substantial commitment to this inaugural citywide event. “Wells Fargo has a long tradition of supporting arts and culture in Southern California and we have long admired the innovative work of Ann Philbin and her team at the Hammer Museum,” remarks Tim Hanlon, President, Wells Fargo Foundation. “The museum’s focus on artists from California, and Los Angeles in particular, is the kind of pride-of-place and investment in the cultural capital of our local community that resonates well with our commitments at Wells Fargo. We are thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor of Made in L.A. 2012 and proud to partner with the Hammer on this ambitious endeavor.”

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A professional jury and the public will select one artist to receive this $100,000 prize Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mohn Prize in conjunction with the inauguration of Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer's biennial exhibition highlighting emerging and overlooked artists from the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2012 features 60 artists and three venues throughout the city: the Hammer Museum in Westwood, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz, and LA>

All sixty artists in all three venues of Made in L.A. 2012 are eligible to win the Mohn Prize. The professional jury who will select the finalists is comprised of peers from the contemporary art world around the country, including independent curator and writer Anthony Huberman, Doryun Chong Associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Cecilia Alemani, the Curator and Director of High Line Art Program; and Rita Gonzalez, curator of contemporary art at LACMA. The significant cash prize will be accompanied by a limited edition mongraphic volume on the winning artist's work. Jarl and Pamela Mohn's commitment to the prize extends through the first five cycles of Made in L.A. with the option to continue beyond. The jury and public are both asked to select the artist whose presentation of work stands out as exceptional in Made in L.A. 2012. “I truly believe that L.A. is the creative capital of the world and we are delighted to work with Annie and her team at the Hammer in the establishment of this prize,” says Jarl Mohn. “It is our hope that the prize brings significant attention to Made in L.A. as well as the thriving contemporary art scene in L.A. The most innovative and advanced work in the world is being created right here.”


The five finalists selected by the jury will be announced on June 28 at a Hammer Bash!—a public event celebrating the exhibition—and voting will commence immediately. Visitors to the exhibition will register to vote onsite at either the Hammer Museum or the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and may only vote once they are registered (photo ID will be required). This process ensures that each voter has actually attended the exhibition and that each person can only cast one vote. The Hammer is working with Trofee, a state certified digital voting platform, used by organizations such as UCLA and The Emmy Awards. This platform has the highest levels of security to ensure that the voting is secure and the results are authenticated. Voting will end on August 12 and the finalist will be announced soon after.


Jarl and Pamela Mohn are art collectors committed to supporting emerging L.A. artists. Professionally, Jarl Mohn divides his time between being a corporate director and advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures, and managing The Mohn Family Foundation—the philanthropic entity he and his wife created in 2000. In addition to supporting arts initiatives, the Mohn Family Foundation funded the Mohn Broadcast Center for KPCC, a significant contribution to Public Radio in Southern California. Previously he was the founding President and CEO of Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in interactive television, cable networks, and the internet. Prior to Liberty Digital, Jarl created E! Entertainment Television serving as its President and CEO from January 1990 to December 1998. Mohn was formerly Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1 from 1986 to 1990 where he led the transformation from music videos to long form programming. Prior to his career in television, Mohn had a 19 year career in radio. He began as a disc jockey and moved through the ranks as a programmer, general manager, and then owner of a group of radio stations. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Mohn attended Philadelphia’s Temple University where he studied mathematics and philosophy. He currently lives in Brentwood with his wife. Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA>
Made in L.A. 2012 Artist List (Alphabetical)

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, Brenna Youngblood

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