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July 30 — December 31, 2020

Tianyi Sun, Unable to Sync Voice Audio [EP2], 2019. image courtesy of the artist.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) presented ARCHIVE MACHINES, an online-only juried exhibition of recent works by Southern California artists that examined the archive as a conceptual vehicle to de-center singular narratives and encourage plural perspectives through the activities of revisioning, resisting, rewiring and relating. The forty-four artists were selected from an open call by a jury comprising: Olivian Cha, Curator and Collections Manager, Corita Art Center, Los Angeles; Kerstin Erdmann, Director, Galería OMR, Mexico City; and Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head Contemporary Art, LACMA, Los Angeles. ARCHIVE MACHINES was organized into four thematic sections to further engage with the presented artworks, concepts and structure of “living archives” by taking a cumulative course, growing throughout the course of the show.


ARCHIVE MACHINES‘ first section, REVISIONING, featured artists: Jamie Adams, Caroline Clerc, Natalie Delgadillo, Danny Jauregui, Dina Kelberman, Audrey Leshay, Maura Murnane, Lenard Smith, Allison Stewart and Rachel Zaretsky.


RESISTING featured artists: Johanna Breiding, Woohee Cho, Boz Garden, Malisa Humphrey, Nova Jiang, Farrah Karapetian, Keaton Macon, Silvi Naçi, Amir Saadiq and Keith Walsh.


REWIRING featured artists: Sasha Bergstrom-Katz, Arezoo Bharthania, Tom Comitta, stephanie mei huang, David Kelley, Three Lee, Julie Orser, Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi, Tianyi Sun, Kyle Tata and Camile Wong.


The exhibition concluded with RELATING, which featured artists: William Camargo, Helen Chung, Nick Flessa, Carla Jay Harris, Wesley Larios, Helena Min, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Felix Quintana, Leticia Velasquez, Evelyn Hang Yin, Sarita Zaleha and Jody Zellen.

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  • Lenard Smith, "After Ye Must Be Born Again", 2019. image courtesy of the artist.