Jun 27, 2012


The five finalists for the Mohn Award are Simone Forti, Liz Glynn, Meleko Mokgosi, Slanguage, and Erika Vogt.  The $100,000 award will be granted over two years to one artist from the exhibition Made in L.A. 2012 and will be accompanied by the publication of a book on the finalist’s work.  Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, a jury of four professional curators selected the five finalists from among the 60 artists in the exhibition.

The Mohn Award Jury was comprised of Cecilia Alemani (curator and director of High Line Art Program), Doryun Chong (associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art), Rita Gonzalez (curator of contemporary art at LACMA), and Anthony Huberman (independent curator and writer).  They issued this statement:

“Each of the five artists selected presented ambitious projects that intrigue the viewer and offer a compelling example of the concerns and working methods that inform and drive their art-making. Their installations and performances showcased in Made in L.A. 2012 demonstrate the ways in which these artists are pushing the boundaries of their respective mediums, activating the gallery in thoughtful ways, and sometimes even going beyond it through performances, workshops, and other means of engagement. Beyond their strong contributions to the exhibition, we feel confident that these artists will continue to contribute to the field and participate meaningfully in the conversations and debates that characterize contemporary art practices well into the future. While the selection process was completely open, we are pleased that this selection of artists exemplifies the range of materials, ethnicities, gender, and age represented in the overall exhibition. Because we appreciate the efforts of all the artists in the exhibition, this was a tough decision to reach and one that required much discussion and debate. We offer our congratulations to the finalists.”

The Mohn Award recipient will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition. Public voting begins today, June 28 at 12pm. We ask the public to choose their favorite artist from the above-mentioned finalists.

Visitors to Made in L.A. 2012 may register to vote on-site at all three exhibition venues (Hammer Museum, LA><ART, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery) and may only vote once they are registered. A photo ID is required. Once registered, a voter may cast his or her vote on-site or online.

Voting begins Thursday, June 28, at 12pm PST and ends on Sunday, August 12 at 11:59PM PST. The finalist will be announced soon after.

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