Los Angeles-based independent curator Erin Christovale specializes in film programming. | Photo by Jamie Costa, Courtesy Hammer Museum

 

EVERY OTHER YEAR, Los Angeles comes alive with coordinated exhibition programming showcasing the city’s most promising artists and innovative practices. Made in L.A. is the citywide biennial presented by the Hammer Museum. The fourth edition will be co-curated by Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, an independent Los Angeles-based curator. Their vision will direct Made in L.A. 2018, with a focus on emerging and under-recognized artists.

“Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale are both fierce champions for artists, and we are excited to see the fresh perspectives and discoveries these two will bring forward in Made in L.A. 2018,” Hammer Director Ann Philbin said in the announcement. “Our biennial changes with each iteration, and the combined talents of Anne and Erin promise to reveal new dimensions of both Made in L.A. and Los Angeles.”

“Our biennial changes with each iteration, and the combined talents of Anne and Erin promise to reveal new dimensions of both Made in L.A. and Los Angeles.” — Hammer Director Ann Philbin

Christovale specializes in film and video programming. Currently, she is organizing the 28th anniversary of Alternate Endings with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS project “A Day With(Out) Art.” With Amir George, she co-curated “Black Radical Imagination,” a touring program of visual shorts exploring Afro-futurism presented internationally at venues including MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and Museo Taller Jose Clemente Orozco in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has organized numerous other projects and exhibitions, including “How to Love a Watermelon Woman” (2016), a series of screenings at the Hammer Museum celebrating the work of queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye.

Previously, Christovale served as curator at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, where she presented “S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom” (2016), an exhibition featuring works by more than 30 artists. Last fall, she was featured on Artsy’s list of “20 Most Influential Young Curators in the United States.”

In 2016, Made in L.A. was organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, who was director of education and associate curator at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, at the time, and now serves as executive director of LAXART in Los Angeles.

The next iteration of the Los Angeles biennial is on view June through September 2018. The list of participating artists will be released in early 2018. CT

 

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