September 5, 2017 - November 4, 2017
New Voices features a range of notable ceramics, costume design, photography, painting, sculpture, drawings, and mixed media works produced by East Los Angeles College (ELAC) students during the 2016-2017 term. The exhibition highlights exceptional artwork produced in diverse media across instructional departments at the college, and for the first time, includes submissions from the Theater department, with the presentation of numerous ambitious and technical pieces. In addition to an emphasis on innovative ceramics, many works on view, particularly in the photography selection, address the current political climate and presidential administration.
New Voices is juried and curated by Allison Agsten, Director of The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art, a new downtown institution devoted Los Angeles art and artists. Previously, as Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, Agsten led a pioneering program rooted in socially engaged art. She also oversaw the museum’s artist board, initiated the Hammer’s visitor services department, and organized the major offsite partnership with Art + Practice, an art and social services non-profit in south L.A. Prior to her time at the Hammer, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), spearheading a number of projects related to accessibility including Reading Room, a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online. She is considered a key architect of that museum’s early influential social media initiatives. Prior to joining LACMA, Agsten covered the arts as a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau.