CURRENT: LA, Los Angeles’ first citywide temporary Public Art Triennial puts a new spin on traditional international triennials by democratizing the way people access art. The program shifts art from the museum environment and places temporary public art projects and public programs in the neighborhoods of our City where residents live, work, and play.
The CURRENT: LA themes focus on a subject that affects Los Angeles and other global cities in hopes of inspiring civic discourse on the particular issue, using contemporary art as a way to deepen connections. An independent curatorial team of established arts professionals with experience in social practice public art will commission projects to be featured in each iteration of the triennial. This city-wide cultural event is presented by the Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a department that has championed the arts in Los Angeles since 1925.
CURRENT: LA was developed and is produced by DCA’s Public Art Division to assess how public art can serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas around a critical issue affecting LA and other global cities. In 2014, DCA’s CURRENT: LA Water was among four projects selected out of 237 proposals during the 2014 Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. In 2016 the first edition of the triennial, CURRENT: LA Water, highlighted the issue of water in the midst of a five-year statewide drought. CURRENT: LA Water was anchored along bodies of water including the LA River and extended 58 miles north to south and 29 miles west to east. For details on the artistry, breadth, and impact of CURRENT’s inaugural year, please visit currentla.org and review the CURRENT: LA Water Evaluation and the Evaluation Executive Summary.
Food was chosen as the second theme for the upcoming CURRENT:LA iteration in 2019. Due to the rise of food insecurity in the region, the issue of food affects each resident of LA as it does in other global cities in different manifestations. The momentum around such topics as eliminating food deserts, supporting urban agriculture, improving distribution systems, and strengthening food polity will be affirmed and reinforced. CURRENT: LA Food will stage large-scale art commissions in each Council District adjacent to public transportation and public parks as a way to highlight how different infrastructures intersect and impact the residents of Los Angeles and the City’s commitment to creating innovative and healthy systems. DCA will present CURRENT: LA Food over the course of one month in the Fall of 2019.
For more information on the CURRENT: LA Water’s impact and CURRENT: LA Food‘s thematic and curatorial announcement, please review DCA’s press release.