Made in L.A. 2012: Assistant Curator Naima Keith Attends "Made in L.A." Opening

Nzuji De Magalhães, 2012

"Made in L.A.," 2012

Nzuji De Magalhães Installation, 2012

"Made in L.A.," 2012

Brenna Youngblood Installation, 2012

Last week, I swapped coasts to attend the opening of “Made in L.A. 2012,” Los Angeles’s first biennial. “Made in L.A. 2012”—collaboratively organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART—is an exciting survey of contemporary artistic production in L.A., exhibiting new work from sixty emerging and under-recognized artists produced for the biennial. Although many of the participating artists share the same zip code, their work is incredibly diverse spanning all imaginable themes and mediums—imbuing this LA-based exhibition with international relevance. Matching the immensity of the L.A. landmass, the large-scale exhibition is installed in three different locations throughout the city: The Hammer Museum in Westwood, LAXART in Culver City, and the Department of Cultural Affairs Gallery in Barnsdall Park. The three venues are filled with new videos, films, sculptures, paintings, performances, and installations by artists including Studio Museum friends Meleko Mokgosi, Nzuji De Magalhaes, and Brenna Youngblood. The disparate and dynamic cultural backgrounds of Mokgosi, De Magalhaes, and Youngblood—born in Botswana, Angola, and California respectively—speak to the diverse range of styles and inspirations encompassed by “Made in L.A. 2012.” If you’re in the West Coast this summer, make sure to check out the mega-exhibition, which is up until September 2.