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Hammer Museum Names Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler as Curators for ‘Made In L.A. 2020’

Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler.


Myriam Ben Salah, a Paris-based writer and curator, and Lauren Mackler, a Los Angeles–based curator and graphic designer, will co-organize the Hammer Museum’s fifth edition of its “Made in L.A.” biennial, which spotlights work created by emerging artists in Los Angeles. Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, a curatorial assistant at the museum, will be the 2020 biennial’s assistant curator for performance.

Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum, said in a statement, “Every ‘Made in L.A.’ has its own distinct identity, and I look forward to what Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler will bring to this exhibition. They are both deeply engaged with the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles, so we’re eager to see the fresh perspectives they bring.”

During her tenure at the Palais de Tokyo from 2009 to 2016, Ben Salah managed public programs and special projects, with a focus on performance pieces, moving-image works, and publishing initiatives. She was a curator-in-residence at the nonprofit Fahrenheit in Los Angeles in 2016, and she was a guest curator of the 10th edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize in Dubai in 2018. She has curated exhibitions, performances, and screenings at the Lazaar Foundation in Tunis, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Beirut Art Center, and elsewhere. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Kaleidoscope Magazine.

Mackler founded Public Fiction, a space for exhibitions, performances, and programs by contemporary artists and writers. She has curated Public Fiction shows and catalogues at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Hammer Museum’s 2014 edition of “Made in L.A.,” the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and other institutions. She is the managing editor of the literary magazine Sublevel, and she has been a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the UCLA Graduate Department of Art, and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. 

The biennial is slated to take place from June to September 2020.

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