Lauren Halsey Wins Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award
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Lauren Halsey Wins Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award

Lauren Halsey, The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) (detail), 2018. BRIAN FORREST Artist Lauren Halsey is the winner of this year’s Mohn Award, which is given by the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to a participant in its Made in L.A. biennial. Through the award, Halsey will receive $100,000; the museum is planning a monograph on her work. For Made in L.A., Halsey produced prototypes for The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project , a piece to be installed on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles’s South Central neighborhood, at the site where an African market once existed. Currently on view at the Hammer are structures resembling columns and a temple made out of gypsum and plywood. Inscribed in the main temple structure is a mix of hieroglyphics, storefront logos, and graffiti tags. “I wanted to make a work that’s about living histories, that functions as memorial, as celebration, as fun, as aspirations and affirmations,” Halsey told Los Angeles Magazine last month. EJ Hill, Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria, 2018. In a statement, Anne Ellegood, who curated the 2018 edition of Made in L.A. with Erin Christovale, said, “Lauren Halsey’s ambitious sculpture is impressive as a site-specific installation at the Hammer and as […]

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