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Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale to Curate Hammer Museum’s 2018 Made in L.A. Biennial

The Hammer Museum announced today that Anne Ellegood, a senior curator at the museum, and Erin Christovale, an independent curator, have been selected to curate the fourth edition of the Made in L.A. biennial, opening June 2018.

“Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale are both fierce champions for artists, and we are excited to see the fresh perspectives and discoveries that these two will bring forward in Made in L.A. 2018,” Hammer director Ann Philbin said. “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.”

The Mohn awards will also be presented in conjunction with the biennial. Funded by collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, the prizes include the $100,000 Mohn award as well as the $25,000 career achievement and public recognition awards.

At the Hammer Museum, Ellegood is responsible for organizing exhibitions, growing the institution’s collection, and overseeing the public-engagement program. Previously, Ellegood was curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and associate curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She recently organized the first North American retrospective of artist Jimmie Durham’s works, which opened at the Hammer in January.

Based in Los Angeles, Christovale recently curated, with Amir George, “Black Radical Immigration,” a touring program of visual shorts that features stories about Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the state of current black culture. The program has screened at institutions such as MoMA PS1; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Museo Taller Jose Clemente Orozco. Among other exhibitions that Christovale has curated are “A/wake in the Water: Meditations on Disaster” (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, “Memoirs of a Watermelon” and “A Subtle Likeness” (both 2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and “S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom” (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, where she previously served as curator.

Launched in 2012, Made in L.A. focuses on emerging and under-recognized artists from the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2016 was cocurated by Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, a former Renaissance Society director of education and associate curator.