Upon visiting the Hammer’s exhibition unmusically labelled Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, we’d voted for the Mohn Public Recognition Award. Kenzi Shiokava has since won the $25,000 prize with an archaic-looking totem installation.

But it’s the Untitled series by cinematographer Arthur Jafa that blew our minds. The 55 year-old has been clipping images of all sorts since 1990, placing them in binders. The result is a striking collection of powerful images apparently random but that together make sense of the whole world.

The Lost City by David R. Small is an entire room dedicated the «archaeological» search of the set of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 The Ten Commandments. An amazing work on the thirdspace, as Edward W. Soja calls the place where imagination meets materiality. It also gives a perspective on how American culture relates to its History, on a continent just a few centuries old.

Rafa Esparza’s moving brick installation on the terrace gives a view of desolation, with the remains of a civilization after it’s been burnt to the ground.

Photographs © Araso


Exhibition Made in L.A. until August 28th
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

Admission free


Monday Closed
Tuesday to Friday 11 am-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm

Don’t miss the Hammer Museum’s boutique: it’s one of the bests in the world, with a curated selection of carefully handpicked products.