In conjunction with Made in L.A., the three-month exhibition that serves as the city’s first official biennial, the Hammer Museum has announced five finalists for the inaugural Mohn Award. Fundedby philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, it’s a no strings attached $100,000 grant given to one of the 60 artists participating in the show. A book about the winner’s work will also be published as part of the award.
The five finalists were a mix of established and emerging artists including dance pioneer Simone Forti, Wilmington-based arts collective Slanguage, Botswanan-born painter Meleko Mokgosi, sculptor and performance artist Liz Glynn, and mixed media artist Erika Vogt, who’s known for her “filmic portraits.” While a jury of professional curators selected the five finalists, the public will decide the ultimate winner. Starting today at noon, visitors can vote either online or on-site after visiting the exhibition.
Finalists for the Mohn Award:
• Simone Forti (Born 1935 in Florence, Italy; lives and works in Westwood) Work on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park and performances scheduled at both the Hammer and Barnsdall in July.
• Liz Glynn (Born 1981 in Boston, MA; lives and works in Chinatown) Work on view at the Hammer Museum.
• Meleko Mokgosi (Born 1981 in Gaborone, Botswana; lives and works in Culver City) Work on view at the Hammer Museum.
• Slanguage (Karla Diaz born 1976 in Los Angeles & Mario Ybarra Jr. born 1973 in Los Angeles; both live and work in Wilmington) Programs throughout the summer and work on view at LA><ART.
• Erika Vogt (Born 1973 in East Newark, New Jersey; lives and works in Highland Park) Work on view at the Hammer Museum.