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Founded 2010 by Lauren Mackler

Public Fiction occupies an unmarked storefront in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Neither a commercial gallery nor a not-for-profit organization, it is a space for artistic experimentation in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, screenings, and a quarterly publication. A nexus for local artists, critics, curators, and academics, Public Fiction provides a much-needed counterpoint to the commercial ventures that dominate the L.A. art scene.

Artist, curator, and graphic designer Lauren Mackler established Public Fiction in 2010, shortly after she relocated to L.A. from the East Coast. The project began as an exploration of the ways design and editorial principles might influence how we make exhibitions. In curating Public Fiction, Mackler is equally influenced by writing, reading, researching, thinking, collaborating, and making. Over the course of a three-month period, exhibitions and events develop in relation to a set theme or topic. To date, Public Fiction has played host to six themes, each of which has evolved out of the previous program and in direct relation to artistic practice and the specific qualities of life in Los Angeles. For Made in L.A., Mackler continues this methodological approach, presenting a set of rotating exhibitions at the Hammer Museum during the biennial’s three-month run.  

Over the course of three months, the exhibitions and texts will change six times, each episode in the room, each chapter in a pamphlet, and each set on the stage will be on view for two weeks. You can follow the installation of each iteration as they accumulate, below and at this link: madeinla.publicfiction.org.

Abstracted Plane in an Expanded Field
Eric Wesley, 
Abstracted Plane in an Expanded Field, 
2014

Ep. 1, Ch. 1, Set 1

On view June 15–June 29

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 1, Eric Wesley, Abstracted Plane in the Expanded Field, 2014
Ch. 1, Matthew Brannon, The Room 

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 1, Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Sketch (Blue Marble)

This is the first installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction. 

Ep. 2, Ch. 2, Set 2

On view July 1–July 13

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 2, Fiona Connor, Signs that change buildings, 2013-14
Ch. 2, Becket Flannery, Festival

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 2, Neal Bashor, Untitled (Two Up Eight Down)

This is the second installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction. 

Ep. 3, Ch. 3, Set 3

On view July 15–July 27

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 3, Margaret Lee, This Zebra Is From Düsseldorf, 2014
Ch. 3, Sarah Heyward, He Had To Work Late 

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 3, Darren Bader, milk and honey

This is the third installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction. 

Untitled (SCREENSAVER)
Leslie Hewitt, 
Untitled (SCREENSAVER), 
2014

Ep. 4, Ch. 4, Set 4

On view July 29–August 10 

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 4, Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (SCREENSAVER), 2014
Ch. 4, Claudia Rankine, Making Room

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 4, D’Ette Nogle, A Shaggy Public Fiction 

This is the fourth installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction.

In The Room: Eric Wesley, Fiona Connor, Margaret Lee, Leslie Hewitt, Shana Moulton, Mateo Tannatt

In the pamphlets: Matthew Brannon, Becket Flannery, Sarah Heyward, Claudia Rankine, Chris Kraus, Benjamin Weissman 

On stage: Amanda Ross-Ho, Neal Bashor, Darren Bader, D’Ette Nogle, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Claude Wampler

Curated by Lauren Mackler and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

Ep. 5, Ch. 5, Set 5

On view August 12–August 24

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 5, Shana Moulton
Ch. 5, Chris Kraus

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 5, Sara Greenberger Rafferty

This is the fifth installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction. 

Ep. 6, Ch. 6, Set 6

On view August 26–September 14

A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum:
Ep. 6, Mateo Tannatt, Repeat After Me, 2014
Ch. 6, Benjamin Weissman, Rodd Buddha, 2014

Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction:
Set 6, Claude Wampler, Tower of Silence (my hamster Freddie Mercury's premature Sky Burial), 2014

This is the sixth installment of two concurrent and changing exhibitions: A Public Fiction at the Hammer Museum as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 and Tragedy Plus Time at Public Fiction.

In The Room: Eric Wesley, Fiona Connor, Margaret Lee, Leslie Hewitt, Shana Moulton, Mateo Tannatt
In the pamphlets: Matthew Brannon, Becket Flannery, Sarah Heyward, Claudia Rankine, Chris Kraus, Benjamin Weissman
On stage: Amanda Ross-Ho, Neal Bashor, Darren Bader, D'Ette Nogle, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Claude Wampler


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Made in L.A. 2014 - Public Fiction
Public Fiction occupies an unmarked storefront in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Neither a commercial gallery nor a not-for-profit organization, it is a space for artistic experimentation in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, screenings, and a quarterly publication. A nexus for local artists, critics, curators, and academics, Public Fiction provides a much-needed counterpoint to the commercial ventures that dominate the L.A. art scene. For Made in L.A., artist Lauren Mackler (who established Public Fiction in 2010) continues this methodological approach, presenting a set of rotating exhibitions at the Hammer Museum during the biennial’s three-month run. hammer.ucla.edu/made-in-la-2014/public-fiction/
Dave
A new performance scripted by Anne Carson for the Public Fiction room at the Hammer Museum. Read by Becket Flannery and Stanya Kahn.
Shana Moulton: Detached Inner Eye
Artist Shana Moulton will activate her two-week contribution to A Public Fiction with an opening night performance that involves movement and plays with her video installation and props in the lobby gallery.