How Many Billboards? Art in Stead

How Many Billboards? Art in Stead

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Artwork by Kerry Tribe
Commissioned by the MAK Center
Photographed by Gerard Smulevich

February 20, 2010

How Many Billboards? Art in Stead
21 Newly Commissioned Artworks
on Billboards in Central Los Angeles
February – March 2010

Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Billboards and their impact on the visual landscape of Los Angeles have been a hot topic for the last decade, as outdoor media surfaces increasingly populate the city’s urban landscape. How Many Billboards? Art in Stead addresses this context with a large-scale urban exhibition debuting 21 specially commissioned works by leading contemporary artists. Participants include:

Kenneth Anger / Michael Asher / Jennifer Bornstein / Eileen Cowin / Christina Fernandez / Ken Gonzales-Day / Renée Green / Kira Lynn Harris / John Knight / David Lamelas / Brandon Lattu / Daniel Joseph Martinez / Kori Newkirk / Yvonne Rainer / Martha Rosler with Josh Neufeld / Allan Sekula / Susan Silton / Kerry Tribe / James Welling / lauren woods

The exhibition highlights the interaction of Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and Architecture in Los Angeles since the 1960s, investigating art as an idea as well as art as media for critical intervention. Each artist has created a new work that critically responds to the medium of the billboard and interprets its role in the urban landscape.

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is accompanied by an overview exhibition at the Schindler House, on view from February 26 to May 30. A full-color exhibition catalogue will be released in late April 2010.

The MAK Center has also organized a series of public programs, film screenings, discussions and bus tours to investigate the exhibition and the visual field of Los Angeles. For a full schedule, visit

February 27, 2010 – Artists Reception
Reception for the artists at the Schindler House, with bus tours of the exhibition.

February 28, 2010 – Panel Discussions
Panel discussions with participating artists at the Schindler House.

Visit the project website at for up-to-date locations of the billboards, further information on the artworks, a full calendar of events, and a blog.

How Many Billboards: Art in Stead is organized by MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer with co-curators Lisa Henry, Dr. Nizan Shaked, and Dr. Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden.

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead is generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Exhibition Award. Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Foundation. Special thanks to the Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture of the Republic of Austria; and for in-kind support provided by Rick Robinson, MacDonald Media; Clear Channel Outdoor; CBS Decaux; CBS Outdoor; Fuel Outdoor; General Outdoor Advertising; Regency Advertising; and Van Wagner Communications.

The MAK Center for Art & Architecture is located at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission for Friends of the MAK Center and the Schindler House, and on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Parking is available at the public structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. For further information, contact or call (323) 651-1510.

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