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Made in L.A. 2014

John Burtle, Rebecca Correia,
Pauline Lay, Guan Rong, and
Chelsea Zeffiro, John and Guan’s Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo TV, 2014.
Performance view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 21, 2014.
From a KCHUNG TV, 2014.

TWO YEARS AGO, Los Angeles’s hometown biennial launched with a presentation that, in terms of sheer sprawl, aptly mirrored its host city. Installed at three venues, the exhibition featured sixty artists and was received as a representative, if cumbersome, cross section of several generations of artistic production in the region. Made in L.A. 2014 cut the roster nearly in half, with thirty-five individuals or teams, and confined itself to one site, the Hammer Museum. But if the show was smaller than its predecessor, it was no less ambitious. It was clear that what was on offer was an established, regular accounting of the state of artmaking in that expansive, not always cohesive or self-understanding metropolis known, for convenience’s sake, as Los Angeles.

The show was organized by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte and was dedicated to the memory of Karin Higa, who was part of

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