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Jennifer Wests exhibition Future Forgetting, curated by David Matorin and currently installed at JOAN Los Angeles, is an ode to the iconic Los Angeles Sixth Street Bridge. It is also Wests first solo show in her hometown in nearly eight years.
What Judy Chicago: Los Angeles truly showcases is how Chicago grappled early on with her place in a male dominated discourse. We see the methods through which she challenged and defied normative conventions, working to define a practice that would push the dialogue of contemporary art forward in the direction of feminist interests.
For The New Eagle Creek at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Sadie Barnettes first solo museum exhibition, the artist has reimagined her fathers historic bar with a glittering fictional patina. The installation, a version of which originally debuted at The Lab in San Francisco, functions as both a physical archive of the bar as well as a space to be activated by visitors, where coming together in each others company is foregrounded as something to be celebrated.
Conceived prior to the 2020 election and before coronavirus became common terminology, the Hammer Museums Made in L.A. 2020: a version, offers a trenchant and diverging array of artworks under the auspice of localityLos Angeles as a lens, however ambiguous.
Baezas figurative practice is rooted in the poetics of viewing another body: the depth of layered materials abstracts the image of the body, rendering it partially visible and partially cloaked, and giving visual form to the concept of the fugitive body.
With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 19721985 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles presents an affirmative and celebratory survey of a less-studied yet deeply influential movement that presents a historical background for some of the trends we see in contemporary art today.
Entering the Geffen Contemporary, the entryway lights are dimmed, eyes adjust to reveal a chandelier of white underwear, 29 Palms Chandelier (2019), flooding the room with a pink-hued light. Above the foyer to the main gallery Pipilotti Rist greets guests (as she refers to visitors) in the form of her infamous video Open My Glade (Flatten) (200017), squishing her face against a glass surface, the artists aim break through the video screen is forefronted as you enter into the main exhibition space.
She said, the center cannot hold, Marianne Shaneen narrates over meditative drone footage of Lebanon, Kansas projected on a split-screen. This phrase in the opening sequence of Peggy Ahweshs 2019 video installation Kansas Atlas (2019) is an apt description for the practice of the vanguard experimental film and video artist.
Shirin Neshat has been negotiating her experience as an immigrant and artist in exile through art for over three decades, brought together in a harmonious labyrinth of poetry, music, film and photography in the largest survey to date of her remarkable career. I Will Greet the Sun Again, curated by Ed Schad, brings together over 30 years of photography, video, and film, offering viewers an opportunity to immerse themselves in Neshats sublime menagerie of engrossing images, still and moving. Laden with a collective catharsis, Neshats work across mediums centers a female perspective as a voice for universally experienced traumas of political upheaval, forced exile, and the diasporic condition.