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Breaking the Museum-Going Mold: a Q&A with the Hammer Museum’s Allison Agsten

Game Room, 2012

by Yasmine Mohseni

Published: December 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Allison Agsten, the dynamic and intrepid curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, has built her department from scratch. After three years spent designing and refining the Public Engagement department’s infrastructure and mission, she is now poised to make a real impact in a field that is still new and innovative in the museum world. Agsten talks with ARTINFO’s Yasmine Mohseni about her unorthodox career path, her passion for gaming, and which L.A. artist she’s dying to work with. Click here to view slideshow

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Ruth Estevez Begins Her Tenure as REDCAT’s New Director

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REDCATCalArts’s downtown center for contemporary art, has a new gallery director and curator. Ruth Estévez, who starts her new position this week, moves to Los Angeles from Mexico City, where she worked as a curator and writer.

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Can Contemporary Art Rescue “Lost”? Curator Marc-Olivier Wahler Gives It a Try

by Yasmine Mohseni
Published: December 11, 2012
© Patrick Fraser
Marc-Olivier Wahler
An installation view of “LOST (in LA)” / Courtesy France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX)

LOS ANGELES — The Swiss-born and Paris-based curatorMarc-Olivier Wahler, previously director of Palais de Tokyo, has been spending much of his time in Los Angeles these days. His latest exhibition “LOST (in LA)” opened at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park on December 1 and, after a quick trip to Miami to host a yodeling contest for Art Basel Miami Beach, he has returned to L.A. to prepare for “From Triple X to Birdsong (In Search of the Schizophrenic Quotient),” a group show opening at Kayne Griffin Corcoran on January 12. The curator is also developing the L.A. chapter of his Parisian experimental art space Chalet Society. Wahler sat down with ARTINFO’s Yasmine Mohseni at the “LOST (in LA)” exhibition to discuss L.A., Paris and taco trucks.

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Los Angeles Art World Takes to the Tennis Court in Honor of Caravaggio

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French and Los Angeles Art World Power Players Turn Out for Opening of “Lost (in L.A.)”

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012, 10:55 AM

On Wednesday evening, François Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, proclaimed: “Los Angeles is without doubt a cultural center worldwide.” This set the celebratory mood at the opening reception of the exhibition “Lost (in L.A.),” kicking off “Ceci n’est pas…,” a 5-month long contemporary arts exchange between France and Los Angeles.

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Despite Membership Dues Debacle, LACMA’s Latest Openings Were Business as Usual

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012, 6:15 PM

Recent news of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art raising dues for council membership from $400 to $1,000 didn’t deter artists, gallerists and museum supporters from attending this week’s private opening reception for “Drawing Surrealism” and “Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection.” The event drew a sizable crowd including Jennifer HawksBettina KorekJessica Joffe, and Anthony Pearson.

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The Deliciously Campy “Feast of Burden” Premieres on MOCAtv

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NOVEMBER 21, 2012, 5:38 PM

On November 19, MOCAtv premiered the first six episodes of its new 12-part web series, “Feast of Burden,” written and directed by filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko and produced by galleristMieke Marple, both L.A.-based. The experimental soap opera, which borrows from John Waters and daytime television, features a group of friends preparing for and attending a dinner party hosted by the unfaithful Benjamin and his uptight writer girlfriend Mercedes. Alexis, Benjamin’s neurotic mistress who brings rat poison to the dinner, Petey, the couple’s landlord who crashes the party, and the love-starved Jimmy Yukon (played by Kotlyarenko), who can’t keep his hands out of his pants, round out a quirky cast of real-life friends and underground figures assembled by Kotlyarenko and Marple.

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“There’s a Crisis in Funding and in Teaching”: Barbara Kruger on Her Pro-Education Public Art

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NOVEMBER 20, 2012, 11:50 AM

Since October, Barbara Kruger’s words have been on display throughout the city of Los Angeles. With billboards exclaiming “support public education or face catastrophe” and buses brandishing quotes like “belief + doubt = sanity,” how does it feel for the artist to see her words peppered across the city? “It’s very gratifying” Kruger told ARTINFO. “I get a lot of emails from people, friends and students when they drive by them, and they send me pictures.”

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Paris Comes to L.A. for the Launch of Franco-American Arts Initiative “Ceci N’est Pas…”

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NOVEMBER 15, 2012, 6:14 PM

The Parisian contemporary art world descended upon Beverly Hills last night for a cocktail party hosted at the Residence of France to celebrate the launch of “Ceci n’est pas… Art Between France and Los Angeles. The contemporary arts initiative engages its L.A. audience with a five months-long series of Franco-American collaborations gathering over 30 cultural institutions and featuring over 100 French and American artists.

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ArtTable, a Network for Female Art Professionals, Revived in Los Angeles

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NOVEMBER 14, 2012, 8:42 AM

ArtTable, a 1,300-strong members-only national group dedicated to providing networking opportunities for women working in the visual arts, is revamping their L.A. chapter. Founded in 1980, “ArtTable lost momentum [in L.A.] due mostly to the recession, now that the West Coast has taken on more prominence [in the art world], my goal is to engage the Southern California community and bring ArtTable’s LA group back on the national stage,” Dorothy Goldeen, an art adviser and the new head of ArtTable L.A.’s Executive Committee, told ARTINFO.

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