Looking forward: Made in LA biennial

3 June – 2 September

Neha Choksi, The Sun’s Rehearsal (In Memory of the Last Sunset), 2016, dance performance by Alice Cummins at Carriageworks, Sydney Commissioned by the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Project 88, Mumbai 


The Hammer Museum has announced the list of participating artists for the fourth edition of the Made in LA biennial, scheduled to run from 3 June to 2 September. Organised by Hammer curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, the biennial will feature artists who ‘deeply engaged with vital aspects of our culture today and believe in art’s capacity to engage social discourse’ the curators said in a statement. Though not ‘overtly political’, the biennial – and the work of the artists selected – ‘is inevitably informed by the dramatic shifts in our country since the 2016 election and how they impact the contemporary landscape and culture of California’. In particular, the show will address the changes effected on the city’s infrastructure (from population growth to the booming art scene to real estate development), ‘the body – and the social, physiological, and psychological pressures put upon it’ and ‘the desire for community and a sense of place rooted in the local’.

Based on over 200 studio visits, Ellegood and Christovale have selected 32 artists, aged between 28 and 97. They are:

Carmen Argote (b. 1981, Guadalajara, Mexico)

James Benning (b. 1942, Milwaukee, WI)

Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX)

Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, London, UK)

Neha Choksi (b. 1973, Belleville, NJ)

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador)

Mercedes Dorame (b. 1981, Los Angeles, CA)

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979, Brooklyn, NY)

Aaron Fowler (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO)

Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, AK)

Jade Gordon (b. 1975, Santa Rosa, CA)

Megan Whitmarsh (b. 1972, Cambridge, MA)

Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA)

EJ Hill (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA)

Naotaka Hiro (b. 1972, Osaka, Japan)

John Houck (b. 1977, Pine Ridge, SD)

Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920, Caracas, Venezuela)

Gelare Khoshgozaran (b. 1986, Tehran, Iran)

Candice Lin (b. 1979, Concord, MA)

Charles Long (b. 1958, Long Branch, NJ)

Nancy Lupo (b. 1983, Flagstaff, AZ)

Daniel Joseph Martinez (b. 1957, Los Angeles, CA)

MPA (b. 1980, Redding, CA)

Alison O’Daniel (b. 1979, Miami, FL)

Eamon Ore-Giron (b. 1973, Tucson, AZ)

taisha paggett (b. 1976, Fresno, CA)

Christina Quarles (b. 1985, Chicago, IL)

Michael Queenland (b. 1970, Pasadena, CA)

Patrick Staff (b. 1987, Bognor Regis, UK)

Linda Stark (b. 1956, San Diego, CA)

Flora Wiegmann (b. 1976, Lincoln, NE)

Suné Woods (b. 1976, Brooklyn, NY)

Rosha Yaghmai (b. 1979, Santa Monica, CA)


14 February 2018