#stayhome: re-visit “Made in LA” 2012 at the Hammer Museum


Re-visit the very First iteration of “Made in LA”. The Los Angeles Biennial’s purpose would be to give a glance at the Art made in LA, not the Art from an LA artist only, meaning it could be from an artist who came in Residency for a couple of months, or from a Michigan born artist who lives in LA etc…

Quite a task for the curators as there is almost 24.000 artists in Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim (source: https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/12/americas-leading-art-hubs/547769/)


The first Los Angeles biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, will be presented at the Hammer, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. The exhibition will feature 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 exhibition will offer a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities worldwide. The biennial is organized by a team of curators from both institutions, including Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, LAXART director and chief curator Lauri Firstenberg, LAXART associate director and senior curator Cesar Garcia, and LAXART curator-at-large Malik Gaines.

The very first edition of Made in LA was very promising with strong artists and an excellent curation.

Below works from the Pax Kaffraria series (2010 – 2014) by NY artist Meleko Mokgosi who was in Residency in LA for a couple of months. The project took Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as case studies

MELEKO MOKGOSI Sikhuselo Sembumbulu, 2012
Oil and charcoal on canvas, 96″ x 632″
Made in LA 2012 – courtesy the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Link to the Hammer Museum Made in LA 2012