Made in LA 2016 at the Hammer Museum


The kiddies and I visited the latest Made in LA exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Westwood twice this summer. Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is an exhibit that features artists’ works throughout the Los Angeles area. Its theme is different this time around: the focus is on how contemporary artists, both emerging and veteran, respond to life here, as expressed by applications of different artistic mediums and disciplines.

Outside of the bodies of work for art patrons to appreciate inside the gallery space, the outside courtyard and garden space are enough for any visitor to enjoy. Even more so are the interactive furniture present here, all entitled Spun — the polyethylene chairs created in 2011, commissioned by Magis and on loan courtesy of Herman Miller.


What is my daughter looking at? Oh, yes, a hanging piece of meat created out of bronze, silicone, urethane and glass. Kelly Akashi’s interior and exterior Eat Me (2016) gallery pieces — counterweight hanging sculptural objects which explores the concepts of permanence, monumentality, deterioration — were my personal favorites.


Everywhere you look, there is interesting art everywhere.


Ok, time to check out the more expansive interior galleries upstairs:


But first, let’s check out Rafa Esparza’s interactive art installation, tierra (2016):


Here are different reiterations of what’s Made in LA as created by different artists:


Ok, the last photo is of a towel sold at the museum gift shop. It offers a different outlook to what would usually be a litany of complaints friends and I often make when opining of our own personal creative endeavors.
I thought it fitting to include its message as a positive end to what Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin was quoted during the exhibit press release: “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.”
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only
June 12 through August 28, 2016
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
List of the 26 Artists Featured in Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only

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