Maiden LA is an inclusive and expansive county-wide survey of art happenings that in encouraging the use of alternative spaces, considers the city as a platform for generative discourse and exchange. Maiden LA is an egalitarian program aiming to dissolve hierarchies by including artists, collectives, curators, galleries, museums, et cetera. Maiden LA‘s relevance is amplified in today’s political climate, as our ethos is one that eschews corporate backing and is accessible to artists who find it difficult to navigate the art world’s various social and fiscal constructs.
Both a playful anagram and homophone of the Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in LA’ (a biennial featuring emerging or underrepresented LA artists), Maiden LA’s focus is not exclusive to the Hammer’s curatorial efforts, but a way to consider and broaden how a city’s artistic landscape is defined. By being 100% inclusive and giving participating artists total autonomy, Maiden LA provides a rare forum where an unrepresented artist working out of their garage is on the same plane as an established institution.
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Maiden LA is co-organized by Salomeh Grace and Molly Schulman.