artists & participants
Opening early September — 03.01.2021
Made in L.A. 2020: a version (June 7–August 30, 2020)
The Hammer Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced today the 30 artists participating in Made in L.A. 2020: a version, the fifth iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition highlighting the practices of artists working throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Cocurated by Paris-based curator Myriam Ben Salah and L.A.-based curator Lauren Mackler with the Hammer’s Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi as assistant curator of performance, Made in L.A. 2020: a version is presented at both the Hammer and The Huntington from June 7 through August 30, 2020. The presenting sponsor for the exhibition is Bank of America. The biennial’s two venues create a cross-town conversation from west to east. Taking advantage of the city’s sprawling geography, the curators chose to stage the exhibition in two mirrored parts, presenting works by all the artists in both museums in addition to select locales in between. Made in L.A. 2020 will feature long-standing research projects alongside newly commissioned works and commingles a mix of practitioners—artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers. Subtitled a version, the exhibition will highlight conceptual threads that connect the artists’ works: entertainment both as a subject and a material; the genre and aesthetic of horror in contemporary practices; and the film and theater convention of the fourth wall, a device through which fiction is built and dismantled.
Made in L.A. 2020 artists
Mario Ayala (b. 1991, Los Angeles, CA) / Aria Dean (b. 1993, Los Angeles, CA) / Hedi El Kholti (b. 1967, Rabat, Morocco) / Buck Ellison (b. 1987, San Francisco, CA) / Niloufar Emamifar / Christina Forrer (b. 1978, Zürich, Switzerland) / Harmony Holiday (b. 1982) / Patrick Jackson (b. 1978, Los Angeles, CA) / Larry Johnson (b. 1959, Lakewood, CA) / Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981, Seattle, WA) / Ann Greene Kelly (b. 1988, New York, NY) / Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon (b. 1982, Long Beach, CA) / Nicola L. (b. 1937, Mazagan, Morocco; d. 2018, Los Angeles, CA) / Brandon D. Landers (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA) / SON. (Justen LeRoy) (founded 2016) / Ligia Lewis (b. 1983, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) / Monica Majoli (b. 1963, Los Angeles, CA) / Jill Mulleady (b. 1980, Montevideo, Uruguay) / Diane Severin Nguyen (b. 1990, Carson, CA) / Alexandra Noel (b. 1989, Columbus, OH) / Mathias Poledna (b. 1965, Vienna, Austria) / Umar Rashid (b. 1976, Chicago, IL) / Reynaldo Rivera (b. 1963, Mexicali, Mexico) / Katja Seib (b. 1989, Dusseldorf, Germany) / Ser Serpas (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA) / Sonya Sombreuil / COME TEES (b. 1986, Santa Cruz, CA) / Jeffrey Stuker (b. 1979, Fort Collins, CO) / Beyond Baroque by Sabrina Tarasoff (b. 1991, Jyväskylä, Finland) / Fulton Leroy Washington (aka MR. WASH) (b. 1954, Compton, CA) / Kandis Williams (b. 1985, Baltimore, MD)
Admission to the Hammer Museum is always free. All visitors to the Hammer during the run of Made in L.A. 2020 will receive passes granting free admission to The Huntington to view the exhibition in full.
Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, The Mohn Award (USD 100,000) and the Career Achievement Award (USD 25,000) will be selected by a professional jury, and the Public Recognition Award (USD 25,000) will be determined through a public vote at both locations. All the artists in the exhibition are eligible to receive the awards.
Catalogue and Companion Publication
The exhibition catalogue will draw inspiration from historical artist magazines and will become an additional venue for the show, showcasing newly commissioned interventions made by artists specifically for the pages. Furthermore, there will be a companion publication published after Made in L.A. 2020 to include programs, conversations, and other records of the work comprising the biennial. Both publications are designed by Studio Ella and distributed worldwide by DelMonico Books•Prestel.
Made in L.A. 2020 is presented by Bank of America. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Mohn Family Foundation and members of the Hammer Circle. Major support is provided by Bill Hair, Mark Sandelson and Nirvana Bravo, Darren Star, The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, and VIA Art Fund.