Anuradha Vikram is a writer, curator, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA.
My book, Decolonizing Culture, is available for purchase in print or EPUB at Sming Sming Books.
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The Illuminate LA Collective Memory Installation is a temporary exhibition in Grand Park through Saturday March 18. A reception will be held March 18 from 6-8 pm. The installation features artworks by one hundred Los Angeles artists across a wide array of artistic mediums to share diverse community experiences and perspectives, highlight underrepresented histories, and celebrate the dynamic culture of our region. I curated the installation from an open call with the help of a selection panel, and each artist was paid for their participation.
I will be speaking on “Nam June Paik’s Cyborg Poetics” for Color Light Motion, an online series featuring media artists and scholars in dialogue about artworks from the David Bermant Collection of media and kinetic arts. The talk will be livestreamed on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT. Simon Leung will act as respondent.
I’ll be moderating a live panel, “Whose Dream Are We Living?” at the University of Hartford on Friday, March 24, at 2 pm EDT in conjunction with Chiraag Bhakta’s exhibition and residency, Designing the Dream State. Panelists include Chiraag Bhakta, Arshia Haq, and Genevieve de Leon.
On March 9, I sat down with Asher Hartman for an IG Live conversation hosted by Freewaves, curated by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. Asher was a participating artist in XaMENing Masculinities at LA State Historic Park, which Marcus and I curated with Anne Bray of Freewaves last October.
This Fall, Arts and Culture launched the Illuminate LA 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 was a free public art festival, Undoing Monumental Harm Through Visual Art, in Grand Park on Saturday December 3, 2022. Artists Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Connie Martin Trevino, Jackie Amezquita, Nicole Rademacher, and Paul Donald led 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 created ephemeral artworks as “anti-monuments” or “unmonuments” that reflected their own experiences of Los Angeles. A short documentary video of that event was created by Matìas Muñoz-Rodriguez.
XaMENing 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.
Art Sci hosted a series of workshops for our Ars Electronica Garden from September 8-12, 2021, with artists from the Atmosphere of Sound research residencies.
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 X-TRA contributor archive 2013–2023 includes my most recent publication for the print journal, “Uncanny Views: Reflections on the Human in the Age of AI” (Spring/Summer 2022).
I reviewed Warren Neidich’s solo exhibition The Brain Without Organs: An Aporia of Care at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale for The Brooklyn Rail (September 2022).
“Emotional Self-Defense Lessons: Sarah Schulman in conversation with Anuradha Vikram,” Terremoto Issue 20 (May 24, 2021).
“The NFT’s Promise of Control,” Art in America (May 5, 2021).
“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.
My essay “Virtual Eyes: Art Criticism in the Online Gallery” was published in conjunction with the debut issue of MARCH in December 2020.
“An Ethic of Caring Beyond the Human” was included in the Berggruen Institute‘s Transformations of the Human symposium, published online by the Los Angeles Review of Books in August 2020.
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)