Made in L.A. 2012: The Venice Beach Biennial

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The first Los Angeles biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART, began this weekend. Exhibition locations include the Hammer Museum in Westwood, LAX Art in Culver City, the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood, various billboards around town, as an iPhone application “soundmap” and also Venice Beach along the boardwalk from July 13th- 15th.

Made in LA

Made in L.A. features works by 60 artists from the L.A. region, with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists, many of whom are debuting new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings produced for the biennial.

The Venice Beach Biennial (VBB), a weekend event that makes tongue-in-cheek reference to the “real” Venice Biennale in Italy, treats the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk, as an outdoor exhibition venue.

Over the course of the weekend, some 25 to 30 artists will set up vending stands alongside the veteran boardwalk artists (someone should make a video documentary on how smoothly that goes down), exhibiting new bodies of work, collaborating with the veterans on new projects, displaying site-specific sculptures or installations and presenting live performances. The Venice Beach Biennial, funded by the Teiger Foundation, is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 and directed by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick.

Participating Made in L.A. Artists:

Scoli Acosta
Kathryn Andrews
Animal Charm
Math Bass
Scott Benzel
Sarah Cain
Sarah Conaway
Fiona Connor
Kate Costello
Meg Cranston
Nzuji de Magalhães
Michelle Dizon
Roy Dowell
Zackary Drucker
Patricia Fernández
Cayetano Ferrer
Dan Finsel
Morgan Fisher
Simone Forti
Liz Glynn
Mark Hagen
Zach Harris
Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Channa Horwitz
Pearl C. Hsiung
Ashley Hunt
Vishal Jugdeo
Mimi Lauter
Thomas Lawson
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Dashiell Manley
Allison Miller
Nicole Miller
Meleko Mokgosi
Zac Monday
Ruby Neri
D’Ette Nogle
Alex Olson
Michele O’Marah
Camilo Ontiveros
Joel Otterson
Karthik Pandian
The Propeller Group
Vincent Ramos
Laura Riboli
Ry Rocklen
Miljohn Ruperto
Analia Saban
Brian Sharp
Slanguage
Ryan Sluggett
David Snyder
Jill Spector
Koki Tanaka
Henry Taylor
Caroline Thomas
Cody Trepte
Erika Vogt
Lisa Williamson
Brenna Youngblood

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