Made in L.A. 2012 is the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Organized by the Hammer in collaboration with LA><ART—institutions with a long-standing commitment to recognizing and supporting Los Angeles’s extraordinary community of artists—the exhibition further underscores our dedication to the local art scene and our shared belief that one of our city’s greatest assets is its artists.

Los Angeles is home to some of the most original and innovative artists working today. Spread out across varied neighborhoods, the region can be seen as a microcosm of the nation—and even of the world—with all its diversity, complexity, and vibrancy. In recent years, increased attention to the city’s artistic production has led to a greater awareness of its position as a site for experimentation and has allowed artists to reach audiences far outside the city. Conversely, Los Angeles artists are bringing their unique perspectives about global issues to local audiences. This exhibition not only examines what is happening here “on the ground” but also brings into focus how our city engages with international contemporary art discourses.

Made in L.A. 2012 presents the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of midcareer artists who are vital to our community yet are arguably underrecognized. The vast majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the extraordinary array of practices found in our sprawling and multifaceted city. The exhibition features figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.

This exhibition includes work by 60 artists, shown at three locations across the city: the Hammer Museum in Westwood, LA><ART in the Culver City art district, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz.

—Anne Ellegood, Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, Cesar Garcia, Ali Subotnick: Made in L.A. 2012 curatorial team.

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Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART.

The exhibition is presented by

Major support is provided by the Annenberg Foundation; the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Fundación Jumex, A.C.; Kayne Foundation—Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree; The Mohn Family Foundation; and the members of the Hammer Circle.

The Venice Beach Biennial is made possible by the Teiger Foundation.

Generous support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Bloom Family; Gail and Stanley Hollander; Linda and Jerry Janger; Dori Peterman Mostov and Charles Mostov; Karyn Kohl; Heidi and Erik Murkoff; Julie and Barry Smooke; Amy Adelson and Dean Valentine; The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Additional support is provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance; Alumnos 47; ForYourArt; and the LA><ART Producers Council.

KCRW 89.9 FM is the official radio sponsor. Los Angeles magazine is the official print sponsor. Special Thanks to American Apparel.

HAMMER CIRCLE: Co-chairs-Richard Buckley, Dana Delany, Kristin Rey. Members-Nina and Dan Aloni, J. Ben Bourgeois, Heika Burnison, Bill Damaschke and John McIlwee, Lori DeWolfe, Waldo Fernandez, Andrew Franklin, Allison Gorsuch, Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor, Susan Hancock, Randal Haworth, Tara and Eric Hirshberg, Cyndee Howard, Steven Jensen, Brooke and Adam Kanter, Maggie Kayne, Saree Kayne and Michael Gregory, Karyn Kohl, Monique Lhuillier and Tom Bugbee, Jay Luchs, Juliet McIver, Mercado-Quinn Family, Nino Mier and Esther Cynamon, Lauren and Adam Nathanson, Angella and David Nazarian, Tracy O'Brien and Thaddeus Stauber, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell, Alisa and Kevin Ratner, Stacy and John Rubeli, Natasha and Shawn Sedaghat, Marc Selwyn, Steven Smooke, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, Laila and Mehran Taslimi, Shidan Taslimi, Mimi and Warren Techentin, Alessandro F. Uzielli, Esther and Joseph Varet, Sara Weinheimer, Orna and Keenan Wolens, and Andrea Woodner.