Winners of the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship highlight contested histories and utopian pasts in their group show.
Abe is a writer based in Los Angeles.
An Imagined Feminist Art School in the Amazon Jungle
Mariángeles Soto-Díaz has created a detailed archive for this imaginary school, which centers indigenous and feminist perspectives.
The Legacy of Dora De Larios, Who Chronicled LA’s Diverse Heritage in Clay
Born in Boyle Heights, De Larios left behind a significant legacy of clay sculptures, ceramic works, and civic art installations that reflect her Mexican heritage and worldly perspectives.
More Galleries Are Leaving the Contested Los Angeles Neighborhood of Boyle Heights
Chimento Contemporary and MaRS are joining the list of galleries relocating from Boyle Heights, a neighborhood long marked by gentrification tensions.
Bringing the Signs and Textures of South Central LA into the Museum
Lauren Halsey’s site-specific installation transforms the typically austere space of the museum into a utopian dream made of the people, symbols, and imagery of South Central Los Angeles.
Robert Colescott’s Frank Snapshots of Racism and Misogyny in the US
Colescott reached the heights of a master painter, becoming one of the first prominent artists to embed black bodies and social critique into the art historical canon.
Paintings that Question the Promises of Postcolonial Democracy
Meleko Mokgosi questions democratic ideals in his paintings of contemporary life in Botswana.
A Korean American Artist Who Grappled with Losing Her Voice and Roots
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s personal experience of migration would inform the prodigious output of her art and writing in the 1970s and early ’80s.
The Getty Acquires the Archive of LACE, a Grassroots Alternative Art Space in Los Angeles
The Getty’s acquisition tells the story of how a once-scrappy alternative art space withstood decades of economic and cultural change and survived through the present.
The Politics and Repercussions of Color in Two Exhibitions
Edgar Arceneaux complicates the viewer’s relationship to the history of blackface, and Yishai Jusidman depicts his particular vision of the Holocaust.
How 18th-Century Artists Pieced Together Pastel Portraits
In order to make large portraits of European elites, artists had to literally piece together pieces of paper, circumventing the limitations of their medium.
Years After Controversial Sale, Artworks from Japanese Internment Camps Go on View
The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles acquired the items that are now on display in an exhibition that underscores the tragic context of their making.