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23 Billboards in L.A. to be Turned into Art About Billboards

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Billboard, no doubht, are a controversial issue in Los Angeles. Lawsuits against the city are piled up in the courts, ordinances are being passed and new digital billboards and supergraphics envelope the city. So it's only appropriate that the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House are taking 23 billboards and 23 artists for a large-scale art project up and down the city's corridors.

“In How Many Billboards?, the streets of Los Angeles become the walls of the exhibition, and the city itself becomes a large museum,” explained Kimberli Meyer, Director of the MAK Center and initiator and co-curator of the exhibition. “We have put together an important group of 23 artists that span multiple generations, and we’ve asked each artist to take into account the landscape of the city and the implication of the billboard as pop-public space.”

The exhibit will run for seven weeks from February 5 through March 26, 2010. An overview exhibit and orientation station at the Schindler House will go on view from February 23 to April 25, 2010 as well as curator-led bus tours, and other public programs featuring participating artists. As the project approaches, event schedules will be released.

Featured artists include Kenneth Anger, Michael Asher, Jennifer Bornstein, Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Renée Green, Kira Lynn Harris, Larry Johnson, John Knight, David Lamelas, Brandon Lattu, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Kori Newkirk, Maria Nordman, Yvonne Rainer, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Allan Sekula, Susan Silton, Kerry Tribe, James Welling, and Lauren Woods.