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Yoshua Okón

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UCLA Department of Art Lectures: Yoshua Okon
9/3/10 --- Yoshua Okon was born in 1970, in Mexico City where he lives and works. In 1994 he founded La Panaderia, an artist-run space in Mexico City. In 2002, he received an MFA from UCLA. His solo exhibitions include Ventanilla Unica, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; SUBTITLED, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Munich; and Bocanegra, the Project, New York. Okon was an artist-in-residence at the Hammer Museum. (Run time: 1 hour, 7 min.)
The Making of Yoshua Okon's Octopus
We were invited behind-the-scenes at the shoot for Yoshua Okon's latest video Octopus. The piece, shot on location at a Los Angeles Home Depot store, explores the relationships among Guatemalan day laborers who at home fought on opposite sides of the Guatemalan civil war, yet here in the U.S. are working side-by-side in their efforts to find employment. The work was produced during Okon's residency with the Hammer. He explains more about the work in this video. (Run time: 8 minutes)
Workshop: Alternative to What? Starting Your Own Art Space Part 2
1/30/10 --- Under the guidance of Mark Allen, founder and director of Machine Project; Julie Deamer, founding director of Outpost for Contemporary Art; Lauri Firstenberg, founder and director/curator of LAXART; Daniel Joseph Martinez, artist and founding director of Deep River, an artists? gallery experiment that lasted from 1997-2002; and Yoshua Ok?n, artist and founder of SOMA, a new alternative arts graduate school; artists, graduate students, and post-graduate cultural practitioners debate the meaning and viability of the so-called "alternative" art space in a contemporary context, and will be invited to workshop their own ideas for art spaces. In part 2 the group asks questions of the panelists and holds a group discussion. (Run Time: 1 hour, 8 min.)
Workshop: Art and Community Engagement, Part 1
2/7/09 -- Rick Lowe, artist and founder of Project Row Houses; Jessica Cusick, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager; and Sam Durant, artist and CalArts professor, present a two-day workshop on art and community engagement. In Part 1 they discuss Transforma Projects in New Orleans. (Run Time: 1 hour, 4 min.)
Workshop: Art and Community Engagement, Part 2
2/7/09 -- Rick Lowe, artist and founder of Project Row Houses; Jessica Cusick, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager; and Sam Durant, artist and CalArts professor, present a two-day workshop on art and community engagement. In Part 2 there is a talk, project presentations, and reflections. (Run Time: 1 hour, 34 min., 48 sec.)

Biography

The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Yoshua Okón’s residency also received support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Cultural Exchange International Program.