press release

"In How Many Billboards?, the streets of Los Angeles become the walls of the exhibition, and the city itself becomes a large museum." –Kimberli Meyer, Director of the MAK Center, and initiator and co-curator of the exhibition.

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 / Lauren Woods

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is pleased to announce its most ambitious project to date: How Many Billboards? Art In Stead. This large-scale urban exhibition debuts new works by 23 artists, listed above, working in the vein of California's conceptual art movement and presented on billboards throughout Los Angeles.

Each artist has been commissioned to create a work that critically responds to the medium of the billboard and interprets its role in the urban landscape. Investigating art as an idea as well as art as a media for critical intervention, How Many Billboards? highlights the interaction of Pop, conceptualism and architecture in Los Angeles since the late 1960s as well as addresses the environmental impact of billboards at a critical moment for city residents and officials.

The exhibition will be located on major boulevards from LAX to central Los Angeles bounded by Washington, La Cienega, Hollywood, and Sunset Boulevards.

The MAK Center has also organized an overview exhibition and orientation station at the Schindler House, on view until May 2010; and a series of public programs and bus tours intended to critically explore the legacies of California's conceptually-orientated art, and examine the relationships between outdoor media and architecture in the city. Public programs will begin in February and run until May.

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How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is organized by MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer with co-curators Lisa Henry, Dr. Nizan Shaked, and Dr. Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden.

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Exhibition Award. Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Foundation. In-kind support provided by Rick Robinson, MacDonald Media; and the outdoor advertising industry of Los Angeles.

The MAK Center for Art & Architecture is located at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission for Friends of the Schindler House and on Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. Parking is available at the public structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. For further information, contact or call (323) 651-1510.

How Many Billboards?
23 New Art Works on Billboards throughout Los Angeles
Kurator: Kimberli Meyer

Künstler: 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, Lauren Woods