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Made in L.A.
A detail from Kate Costello's 2006 print "Athena"

Marathon art celebration Pacific Standard Time just ended, but there’s more local talent to love: Saturday marked the multi-venue opening of our city’s first biennial show of Angeleno artists.

While Pacific Standard Time celebrated the established greats of contemporary art, the inaugural Made in L.A. exhibit seeks to showcase local emerging and mid-career talent. Sixty artists’ work in disciplines such as painting, photography, film, performance and more are included. And venues are so widespread--including Westwood's Hammer Museum, LA><ART in Culver City and the Barnsdall Park art gallery in Silver Lake--that it’s easy for everyone to see at least part of the show.

Besides fun extras such as tongue-in-cheek “artists’ anonymous” support groups and a weekend-long Venice boardwalk show on July 13, the most interesting part of the project is a $100,000 Mohn Award that’s voted on by museum-goers beginning June 28. Whichever artist has the most votes when the show closes on August 12 wins the jackpot.

It’s aesthetic crowd-sourcing with a touch of high school popularity contest, and we can’t wait to see who wins.

The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-443-7000 or

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