The Huntington and The Hammer Bridge the Eastside and Westside Through Art

Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles region encompass a diverse population, to say the least. To showcase a sampling of the diversity and culture (and the talent that stems from them), The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens partnered with the Hammer Museum for Made in L.A. 2020 (Sept. 2020–Jan. 3, 2021), a dual-site exhibition featuring contemporary installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings that reflect a wide range of histories, subcultures, and communities of the LA region.

Made in L.A. 2020 is the fifth iteration of the internationally-lauded Hammer biennial and is the second to take place at multiple venues. The interactive exhibition (co-curated by Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler, with the Hammer’s Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi serving as assistant curator of performance) highlights the talents of emerging and under-recognized artists.

Through nearly 300 studio visits, a group of 30 LA–based artists, writers, filmmakers, and performers were selected for the creative collaboration between the two institutions. “With every artist represented at both The Huntington and the Hammer, visitors will have two unique experiences that comprise one whole biennial,” says Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence. “I’m particularly excited to see the ways in which the artists’ work will activate our galleries and highlight the collaborative energy that characterizes our Centennial Celebration.”

Images Courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

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