Karin Higa and Michael Ned Holte are independent curators and writers based in Los Angeles.
Made in L.A. 2014 will be the second in an ongoing series of exhibitions focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region and will be on view June through September 2014. The artist list will be announced in early 2014.
Karin Higa was senior curator of art at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles where she curated a number of exhibitions, including The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945 (1992), Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art (2008), and a retrospective on the artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto (1999). She also co-curated with Melissa Chiu and Susette Min the national traveling exhibition One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now (2006-2008) for the Asia Society Museum in New York. Higa has published widely including contributions to the Hammer’s Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles (Delmonico Prestel, 2011), the International Center for Photography’s Only Skin Deep (Abrams, 2003), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900 – 2000 (University of California Press, 2000).
Michael Ned Holte is a writer and independent curator based in Los Angeles. His texts have appeared in numerous publications including Live Art in LA: Performance in Southern California, 1970-1983 (Routledge), In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975- 2012 (Pomona College Museum of Art/Pitzer Art Galleries), Richard Hawkins—Third Mind (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale), and Roy McMakin: When is a Chair Not a Chair (Skira/Rizzoli), as well as print and online periodicals such as Artforum International, Art Journal, and East of Borneo. Holte has organized numerous exhibitions including Temporary Landmarks & Moving Situations (2012) at Expo Chicago; Support Group at 2 Thomas Solomon Gallery at Cottage Home (2010), Los Angeles; and Laying Bricks at Wallspace Gallery (2007), New York. He is a member of the art program faculty at the California Institute of the Arts.
About Made in L.A.
The Hammer’s biennial exhibition series Made in L.A. focuses exclusively on artists from the L.A. region with an emphasis on emerging artists. The Los Angeles biennial debuts new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings commissioned specifically for the exhibition and offers a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world. Made in L.A. began in 2012 and followed the tradition of the Hammer Invitational exhibitions, which occurred every two years and included Snapshot (2001), International Paper (2003), Thing (2005), Eden’s Edge (2007), Nine Lives (2009), and All of this and nothing (2011).
Photo: Karin Higa and Michael Ned Holte. Courtesy Hammer Museum