Recently I visited “Made in LA: a, the, though, only” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The show is the third edition of the Museum’s popular biennial and highlights the work of both established and emerging artists from the Los Angeles area.
The show presents a vast array of works across nearly every imaginable discipline: painting, sculpture, film, dance, performance, fashion, music, and even poetry. While the show looks at LA as a nexus of creativity, the roster of artists includes natives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Germany, Lebanon, Spain, and Switzerland, among others.
Among my favorites were Martine Syms’ “Laughing Gas”, a short film related to an earlier project by the artist included in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial in New York, and Arthur Jafa’s “Notebooks, 1990-2016.” The latter, an extensive series of images clipped from a wide variety of publications, fills a series of three ring binders on the Museum’s second floor. Sometimes haunting and graphic, the notebooks serve as a commentary on race and identity both today and throughout history.
“Made in LA” is on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through August 28, 2016. #MadeInLA2016
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