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Second Edition of Current:LA Triennial to Focus on Food

Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the theme and curatorial team leading the second edition of the city’s Current:LA triennial, which will take place next fall. The exhibition will explore LA’s relationship to food.

Organized by the curators of the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles—represented by executive director Elsa Longhauser, curator Jamillah James, and director of learning and engagement Asuka Hisa—the triennial will place fifteen artworks in public spaces across the city and will present a series of related programming that will explore themes ranging from the elimination of food deserts and urban agriculture to food policy and recycling.

Commenting on the event, LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, said: “Los Angeles is a global cultural capital—a place where the world comes to showcase creative excellence and artistic diversity. The latest iteration of Current:LA builds on this tradition and makes art accessible by bringing world-class exhibits to the public spaces that touch the lives of all Angelenos.”

A committee comprising Lauren Mackler, the founder of Public Fiction; independent curator Diana Nawi; and artist Marco Rios, a curator at the Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles, will advise the curatorial team. “We are proud to work with these curators,” said Danielle Brazell, general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “Their work is relevant, experimental, and accessible. Together they represent a broad range of intellectual energy, voices, and perspectives.”

The inaugural edition of Current:LA, which centered around the critical resource of water, was realized through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. First held in 2016, the triennial activated sixteen different sites spread across all fifteen of LA’s city council districts.

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