Call for Artists
Juried online-only exhibition
Exhibition dates: July 30 – November 1, 2020
In line with our mission to respond to the diversity of human experience that shapes Los Angeles, we are pleased to announce an open call for a juried exhibition to be presented online-only at www.lamag.org from July 30 – November 1, 2020. Due to the rapidly shifting nature of present events, this exhibition is conceived as a response in both form and concept to the COVID-19 crisis and the uncanny experience of collective life on pause that shelter-in-place has initiated.
As production has halted across industries, an impulse to cull from the past and re-present content from archives has emerged. Whether it is re-watching an old film, tuning into a re-broadcasting of sports icons’ classic moments, revisiting an old familiar book off the shelf, or even reorganizing neglected junk drawers; we have noted a collapse of tenses through compulsory streams of archives as we sort through our past and present.
For many, the current crisis has upended routine daily life, and with this sudden interruption brings a rare opportunity for many to pause—a cultural institution is no different, and we here at LAMAG have been busy taking this moment of rumination to attend to our archive that documents over sixty years of artistic activity that has impacted Los Angeles. LAMAG curatorial staff revisited the 1979 group exhibition “The Artist as Social Critic” curated by LAMAG’s inaugural trailblazing director, Josine Ianco-Starrels (1926-2019). We found inspiration in this exhibition that supported practices of social critique and presented diverse voices challenging issues of their time.
While the LAMAG staff takes inspiration from this specific archival material, we aim to limit our selective revisiting of the past and instead turn open our examination of the archive as a conceptual vehicle. Rather than reprise an archived exhibition, we invite Los Angeles artists to activate archives by submitting works in response to themes of critical histories, peoples archives, memory and institutional critique. Through this exhibition, LAMAG strives to engage with various modes of artistic production that explore the ways in which archival structures and materials are interpreted, appropriated, and interrogated.
All entries to the exhibition will be selected by the following jury panel: Olivian Cha, Curator and Collections Manager, Corita Art Center, Los Angeles, CA; Kerstin Erdmann, Director, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico; and Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head Contemporary Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA.
- Open to all artists residing in Southern California.
- Submitting artists must be over the age of 18.
- Works must be original and have been completed since January 1, 2018.
- City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs employees are ineligible.
Submission Deadlines and Overview
ARCHIVE MACHINES, an online-only exhibition, aims to rethink how we engage with artworks in person and online. We encourage a variety of submission types including photography, video, audio based works such as oral histories or sound based artworks, text and research based work, and image documentation of a painting, sculpture, drawings, prints. We encourage thoughtful consideration of the online viewing experience and the documentation of physical artworks.
Check back here on Friday, June 5 for the link to submit your work(s).
NOTE: Submissions will not be accepted prior to the listed open date nor after the listed closing date. LAMAG staff cannot enter submissions on your behalf.
Read more about submission requirements, submission deadlines, and how to submit below: