The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is pleased to present ARCHIVE MACHINES. This online-only juried exhibition brings together recent works by Southern California artists that examine the archive as a conceptual vehicle to de-center singular narratives and encourage plural perspectives through the activities of revisioning, resisting, rewiring, and relating. Following LAMAG’s mission to respond to the diversity of human experience that shapes Los Angeles, as well as LAMAG’s historical precedent of fostering a space for local artists to address social critique and discourse with contemporary matters; Los Angeles artists were invited to activate archives by submitting works in response to themes of critical histories, peoples archives, memory, and institutional critique. Through this exhibition, LAMAG strives to engage with various modes of artistic production that explore how archival structures and materials are interpreted, appropriated, and interrogated.
The juried exhibition brings together 44 artists selected by a jury comprising of Olivian Cha, Curator and Collections Manager, Corita Art Center, Los Angeles; Kerstin Erdmann, Director, Galerķa OMR, Mexico City; and Rita Gonzalez, Terri, and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head Contemporary Art, LACMA, Los Angeles.
ARCHIVE MACHINES will debut a format distinct from LAMAG’s typical web content, featuring highlights of individual artists’ work, as well as organizing artworks into four thematic sections: revisioning, resisting, rewiring and relating. Following the structure of “living archives,” the release of each section will take a cumulative course, growing throughout the show. The developing nature of the exhibition will also introduce opportunities for visitor participation through the launch of a new, educational salon-style series of topical prompts as a source for community interaction and virtual convening. Subscribe to LAMAG’s newsletter and follow on social to stay up to date on all programming @LAMAGBarnsdall, #ARCHIVEMACHINESatLAMAG, and #LAMAGallery. Additional support for Archive Machines provided by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and the City Los Angeles Department on Disability.
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