Exhibit curators Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker visited studios across Southern California, spanning Chinatown, Compton, Downtown, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, Highland Park, Inglewood, Joshua Tree, Ladera Heights, Leimert Park, San Diego, Santa Monica, Venice and Ventura and chose 26 artists and artistic collaborations to represent the breadth of art that the region produces.
Subtitled a, the, though, only, Made in L.A. 2016 "investigates what is vital and distinctive about this city as an international destination and cutting edge art center, and how its artists—from vastly different backgrounds and disciplines—resist and defy categorization."
Among the participants are CalArtians Todd Gray (Art BFA 79, MFA 89), Laida Lertxundi (Film/Video MFA 07), Gala Porras-Kim (Art MFA 09), Kenzi Shiokava (Chouinard 72) and Wadada Leo Smith, a former faculty member of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
For his exhibit contribution, Gray goes about his daily routines while wearing the clothes of the late Ray Manzarek, his friend and collaborator, as well as the co-founder and keyboardist for rock band The Doors. Lertxundi, an experimental filmmaker from Spain, screens her work, including We Had the Experience but Missed the Meaning. Porras-Kim and Shiokava share work inspired by archeological research. Smith's graphic notations for his jazz compositions are also on view at the museum.
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is on view at the Hammer Museum through Aug. 28, with special programs held throughout the exhibit.
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
June 12 through Aug. 28
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles