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Illuminate LA is a three-part program organized with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. This Fall, Arts and Culture launched the initiative with a three-part series of panels and arts-based civic engagements focused on Grand Park’s civic artworks, and the histories and cultural memories that are sited in and around the park campus. The events, designed and produced by me, examine how Grand Park’s 20th century monuments relate to 21st century Angelenos, what histories and cultural memories are not included in the physical spaces and objects of downtown Los Angeles, and create opportunities to acknowledge, honor, and recover those missing memories through site-based and artist-led projects. The first event was a virtual panel discussion, Current State of Monuments, with civic arts leaders and local scholars on September 15, 2022. View a recording of that event here. Artist-led audio tours of downtown Los Angeles will be released in late October through early January, with a kickoff panel on October 27 featuring participating artists Alan Nakagawa, Sebastian Hernandez, Isaac Michael Ybarra, and Carmen Argote. A recording of that event is here and individual audio tours posted on Soundcloud are catalogued here.
The third part of Illuminate LA is a free public art festival, Undoing Monumental Harm Through Visual Art, in Grand Park on Saturday December 3, 2022 from 1–4 pm. Artists Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Connie Martin Trevino, Jackie Amezquita, Nicole Rademacher, and Paul Donald will lead participatory workshops to commemorate the public histories and cultural memories Los Angeles residents carry that are not, or are no longer, represented by physical spaces and objects downtown. Participants will create ephemeral artworks as “anti-monuments” or “unmonuments” that reflect their own experiences of Los Angeles.
X-aMENing Masculinities was an event curated by LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray, myself, and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. On October 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm, we filled Los Angeles State Historic Park with works considering and comparing paradigms of masculinity including male bonding rituals, trans masculinity, masculine paradigms of care, and the uses of power. Featured artists included rafa esparza, Asher Hartman, Phranc, Cassils, and Patty Chang.
An undertaking of nearly three years, Jaishri Abichandani: Flower-Headed Children is the first comprehensive museum survey of New York-based artist and organizer Jaishri Abichandani’s varied creative production. The mid-career survey exhibition was on view from January 30 – May 8, 2022 at the Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles. Click for a gallery of images and text from the exhibition, which was reviewed in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and The Art Newspaper.
On January 27, The Getty announced the 45 Southern California institutions participating in Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA in 2024. I am collaborating with Victoria Vesna, Director of UCLA Art Sci Center to curate Atmosphere of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption. The research phase of the project consists of artist residencies, panel discussions, and workshops on the UCLA campus. The exhibition in September2024–January 2025 will be hosted by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.
“Emotional Self-Defense Lessons: Sarah Schulman in conversation with Anuradha Vikram,” Terremoto Issue 20 (May 24).
“The NFT’s Promise of Control,” Art in America (May 5).
“How to Change” is a limited series for KCET’s Southland Sessions. My columns between June 2020-June 2021 have addressed changing arts institutions from the inside, promoting your art in the absence of open galleries and museums, using your art for social change, exhibiting art in unconventional settings, artists parenting, and teaching studio art online.
I have a contribution, “Letter to a Radical Mom,” in the Routledge collection La Pocha Nostra: A Handbook for the Rebel Artist in a Post-Democratic Society.
I was invited to give a talk on our research for the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in July 2021. View the recording of my lecture, Planetary Neuroaesthetics, here.
May 20 UCLA Art Sci panel “Value(s) of NFT Art” with Christiane Paul, Alex May, Tamiko Thiel, and myself.
May 5 2021 RISD panel “Digital Gold? What Artists Need to Know About NFTs,” hosted by RISD and organized by Brian Droitcour of Art in America.
I’m delighted to have been included in The Feminist Art Project’s Day(s) of Panels: Ecofeminisms, taking place online February 12-13, 2021. My presentation on Friday February 12 at 3:30-5pm EST is archived here.
I organized a series of artist dialogues for Baik Art in 2020-21 featuring Mithu Sen and Jaishri Abichandani, Shinique Smith and Mella Jaarsma, Elana Mann and Jiha Moon, and Elliott Hundley and Entang Wiharso.
My essay “Virtual Eyes: Art Criticism in the Online Gallery” was published in conjunction with the debut issue of MARCH in December 2020.
My recent contributions to X-TRA include “Unstable Connections” and “Black Mirrors: Hammons, Wilson, and Julien on Capital in the Art Market” as well as a video conversation with fellow X-TRA editor Travis Diehl.
Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas Vol. 5, Issue 3 (Dec 2019): “Special Issue: Challenging Hegemony within the South Asian Diaspora” edited by Jaishri Abichandani, Santhi Kavuri Bauer, and Anuradha Vikram
Thoughts on sea level rise, climate change, migration, and the last Venice Biennale: Read my write-up of May You Live in Interesting Times, “Collapses: The Venice Biennale and the End of History” in Art Practical 11.1: All the World’s End.
Interviews with LA Freewaves on Instagram Live (April 15, 2021 and June 18, 2020)