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18th Street Arts Center
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.

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Still from Kenneth Tam's "Griffith Park Boys Camp" | Courtesy of the artist
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Artist’s Boys Camp Asks What It Means to be a Man Today

One summer day in Griffith Park, a small line of grown men dressed in newspaper costumes clambered up a hiking trail. They were participants in artist Kenneth Tam’s social experiment, “Griffith Park Boys Camp," which re-imagines masculinity today.
Paul Pescador, "Going West" 2018. Film still. | Courtesy of the artist
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Paul Pescador Excavates and Remixes L.A. Neighborhoods

Artist Paul Pescador creates a feature-length art film called “Going West or 15 Years in L.A.” It tackles his time in four of L.A.’s neighborhoods — University Park, Melrose, Highland Park and Santa Monica — and how each have morphed in the years since
Samantha Boshnack in her final performance in L.A. | Emma Wang
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L.A. Residency Gives Young Jazz Artists a Leg Up

It may not get top billing, but the jazz scene in Los Angeles is unexpectedly rich. An ongoing L.A. residency for young jazz artists is ensuring that it stays that way.
Carmen Argote, "If it were only that easy...," 2018. Moto Guzzi V11 motorcycle in Guadalajara, in the artist's father's house | Courtesy of the artist
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Art and Life Lessons from Motorcycle Riding

A motorcycle journey becomes Los Angeles-based artist Carmen Argote's latest medium to explore explore themes of home and identity.
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Venezuelan Artist Finds New Meaning in Siquieros Mural

Venezuelan artist Ángela Bonadies excavates archives. In her latest work, she finds new meaning in David Alfaro Siqueiros’ controversial censored mural “América Tropical.”
The documentation books of "Transaction / Translation", 2016, Taipei, Taiwan | Courtesy of I-Chen Lai
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Taiwanese Artist I-Chen Lai Uses Social Media to Complicate the Notion of a Private Self

I-Chen Lai (or I-Chern or I-Che(r)n, depending on your Chinese translation site) pushes the boundaries of the gray area between the personal and the public in her multi-layered works.
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World's Smallest Contemporary Museum Journeys to L.A.

Take a look inside Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (or NuMu, for short) and hear from its founders as they recreate the museum in Guatemala and take their concept on the road to Los Angeles.
18th Street Arts Center's  #WeTheArtists campaign with Cristina David
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We The Artists: How 18th Street Arts Center Creates Creative Spaces and Provokes Public Dialogue

At the longest-running artist residency program in Southern California, local artists and artists from around the globe create new work that explores shared concerns.
Ángela Bonadies, s/t from the series "Historia universal del derrumbe/A Universal History of Collapse," Work in progress, size variable, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist
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What Can Archives Reveal? A Fascinating Look Inside Mexican Prison Records and Scientific Files

By photographing private and public collections, artist Ángela Bonadies explores how memories are preserved, both individually and collectively.
Tamar Guimarães , A Man Called Love, 2007-2008
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The Slow Reveal: The Video Work of Tamar Guimarães

Tamar Guimarães' video and installation pieces investigate the role of psychic mediums and the invisible transfer of information.
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