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A Universal History of Infamy

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala , 2010–13. Single channel video installation. © Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa.

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This exhibit features new works from boundary-defying artists who adopt methods from anthropology, theater, and linguisitcs at three venues from West LA to Midcity.

Referencing the title of a genre-bending collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges, A Universal History of Infamy uses multiple venues across Los Angeles, including the LACMA campus, to present new works by more than 15 boundary-defying artists and collectives. Developed for the most part through residencies, the works represent artists who live and practice in several countries; adopt methods from disciplines such as anthropology, theater, and linguistics; mingle research with visual art; and work across a range of media, from installation and sculpture to performance and video. A Universal History of Infamy embraces the collaborative spirit of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, bringing together one of the largest partners, LACMA, with one of the smallest, the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, which organized the residencies.

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August 20, 2017 - February 19, 2018


Midcity LA




Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance, Prints & Drawing, Sculpture