LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hammer Museum today announced the recipients of the Mohn Awards presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator, Renaissance Society. Totaling $150,000, the Mohn Awards are among the largest art prizes dedicated to emerging and under-recognized artists from the greater Los Angeles region. Dancer and choreographer Adam Linder will receive the $100,000 Mohn Award honoring artistic excellence as well as a monograph produced by the Hammer. Wadada Leo Smith will receive the $25,000 Career Achievement Award honoring brilliance and resilience; and Kenzi Shiokava will receive the $25,000 Public Recognition Award as determined by a public vote.
"It's exciting for us to see a dancer chosen for the Mohn Award, and Adam's work was a standout for its nuanced choreography and evocative visual and sound design. Wadada Leo Smith, another performer, was recognized for his achievements as a musician and a mentor as well as the decades-long development of his system of musical notation," said Ann Philbin, Director of the Hammer Museum.
A jury of professional curators selected the Mohn Award and the Career Achievement Award while the Public Recognition Award was determined by on-site voting through August 14, 2016. The jury included Ingrid Schaffner, curator, 57th Carnegie International, 2018, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Mika Yoshitake, associate curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Jose Luis Blondet, curator, Special Initiatives, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All three awards were once again funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn and the Mohn Family Foundation.
"In this year's Made in L.A., Adam Linder's Kein Paradiso stood out as a tour de force. The jurors were struck by Linder's inventive consideration of the latent role of presence through layers of formalist modernist histories and interplay of props and choreography," wrote Mika Yoshitake.
The jury awarded Wadada Leo Smith the $25,000 Career Achievement Award for his outstanding achievements as musician, teacher and mentor, and artist interrogating both the pictorial and the performative. Visitors to Made in L.A. voted Kenzi Shiokava as the recipient of the $25,000 Public Recognition Award through on-site kiosks at the museum.
For more information about the Mohn Awards and recipients, visit hammer.ucla.edu/mohn-award-2016/
For more information about Made in L.A. 2016, visit hammer.ucla.edu/made-in-la-2016
About Made in L.A.
The Hammer's biennial exhibition series Made in L.A. focuses exclusively on artists from the L.A. region with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. The Los Angeles biennial debuts new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings commissioned specifically for the exhibition and offers insight into the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world.
About the Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public. Visit hammer.ucla.edu for details or call 310-443-7000.
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