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Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale Will Curate the Hammer Museum’s 2018 Made in L.A. Biennial

 Anne Ellegood, left, and Erin Christovale. COURTESY HAMMER MUSEUM

Anne Ellegood, left, and Erin Christovale.

COURTESY HAMMER MUSEUM

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles has named Anne Ellegood, a senior curator at the museum, and Erin Christovale, an L.A.-based independent curator, as the organizers of the museum’s next Made in L.A. biennial in 2018. The fourth edition of the biennial will run from June to September 2018.

Ellegood has worked at the Hammer since 2009. There, she organized a solo show Kevin Beasley’s work and the 2014 exhibition “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology” with Johanna Burton, as well as the museum’s current Jimmie Durham retrospective. She was also on the organizing team of the museum’s first Made in L.A. biennial, in 2012. Prior to working at the Hammer, she held curatorial posts at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the New Museum in New York.

Christovale, along with Amir George, curated a film series called “Black Radical Imagination,” which has been screened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller Jose Clemente Orozco in Guadalajara, Mexico. She also curated the 2016 exhibition about the legacy of filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, known for her seminal 1996 film The Watermelon Woman, at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, and the 2014 exhibition “a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster” at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.

“Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale are both fierce champions for artists, and we are excited to see the fresh perspectives and discoveries these two will bring forward in Made in L.A. 2018,” Hammer director Ann Philbin said in a statement. “Our biennial changes with each iteration, and the combined talents of Anne and Erin promise to reveal new dimensions of both Made in L.A. and Los Angeles.”

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