MEETING OF THE MINDS
Two dynamic forces unite for Made in L.A.
“Since L.A. is such an international city, in some sense it’s a microcosm of the world,” says Anne Ellegood (pictured on the left), senior curator at the Hammer museum. “With an exhibition like Made in L.A., we are committed to the dialogue between the local and the global.” Regarded as one of the city’s most exciting cultural events, the Hammer’s biennial exhibition, Made in L.A.—on view June through September—presents artwork created in the L.A. region, with an emphasis on emerging and under-the-radar artists. Co-curating the show is Assistant Curator Erin Christovale, who joined the museum in early 2017. “In L.A. there are a lot of artists who are risk-takers and put a new spin on their medium,” explains Christovale. “Here, there’s a mental space that’s more expansive, and artists tend to think outside the box.” When it comes to details on the exhibition, the duo are staying mum, but hint at one prevalent theme: the body. “In this political moment, a lot of us feel like our bodies and personal spaces are being attacked, so we want to represent that in the conversation,” says Christovale. “[Additionally], the show will reflect [on] the diversity of [this] city,” says Ellegood. “But it will also touch on how local issues can be thought through with an eye toward the rest of the world.”