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Los Angeles: Art Spaces Are Focusing on the Election

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Oct 21, 2020 • View in browser
This week in LA art reviews, two contemporary painters challenge our perception of commonplace images: Amir H. Fallah expands what we might think of as a “portrait” and Linda Stark lends serious attention to the heart symbol
Presidential political advertisements in the US have a long, fascinating (and at times disturbing) history. Artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reeves have been compiling 70 years’ worth of them into a feature film. Don’t miss the premiere via the Getty Museum’s website this Friday, and I encourage you to read Matt Stromberg’s longer feature on how LA art spaces are gearing up for the election. 
Many of you might have been noticing the Armenian flags around town — signs of protest against the escalating war in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Last week, a collective of performers showed up at the Broad Museum, and other downtown locations, wearing robes printed with images of rifles in an effort to raise awareness about this largely ignored war. Editor in Chief Hrag Vartanian writes an illuminating article on the topic. 
Wishing you all a lovely rest of your week 🌼
– Elisa Wouk Almino, Senior Editor

LA’s Art Spaces Are Focusing on the Election
SPARC Digital Mural Lab, “We Vote” Brooklyn Voter Turnout 2020 (photo courtesy Alchemy)
SPARC Digital Mural Lab, “We Vote” Brooklyn Voter Turnout 2020 (photo courtesy Alchemy)
LA-area cultural institutions have organized several projects around the upcoming election. One of them is artist Aram Han Sifuentes’s “Official Unofficial Voting Station,” now online at the Skirball Cultural Center, which aims to give voice to the millions of Americans who cannot legally vote.
With her project, Sifuentes hopes to question the US’s exclusionary voting system:
“People talk about voting as if it’s the answer. It’s so important, I’m not discrediting it, but it’s also important to question the system of voting as well, a discriminatory and racist system.”
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