Sep 30, 08:51 AM

Zoe Crosher in Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, at the recently abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center

Human Condition
presented by John Wolf

October 1–November 30, 2016
2231 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Public Hours: Friday–Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–6 p.m.
www.humanconditionexhibition.com

Press Preview: Thursday, September 29, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
RSVP to shayna@mcclellandco.com

LOS ANGELES—September 12, 2016—Human Condition is an immersive, site-specific exhibition that features the work of sixty emerging and established artists in a uniquely challenging space: a former hospital in West Adams, previously known as the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. Curated and produced by the Los Angeles-based art advisor John Wolf, Human Condition invites artists to re-contextualize the hospital’s functional history—over 40,000 square feet of it—as a venue to explore what it means to be human. The exhibition opens to the public on October 1, 2016 and runs through November 30, 2016.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center proudly opened in 1971 as the first Black-owned hospital in Los Angeles. It operated successfully for decades. Later, both the hospital and the West Adams neighborhood in which it was located declined; in the hands of the Pacific Health Corp, the hospital closed amid revelations of criminal mismanagement and insurance fraud in 2013.

Years of neglect are now giving way to reinvestment in West Adams, which hosts much of the city’s cherished architectural heritage and landmarks. It is now home to many working artists, a burgeoning art scene, and other signs of community-driven cultural renewal.

With Human Condition, Wolf has invited artists to explore the corporal and psychological experience of being human. Ranging from sculpture, drawing, painting, performance, and immersive installations, the works are displayed amongst the surgical rooms, maternity wards, a psychiatric floor, and cafeteria. Both the artist and viewer are encouraged to explore the dilapidated remains and transcend the building’s original intention.

Many of the artists have taken over entire hospital rooms for solo presentations and site-specific installations, with the two main floors of the exhibition divided in approach to human condition.
The subconscious mind is addressed on the first floor by artists Jenny Holzer, David Benjamin Sherry, Gregory Crewdson, and Chantal Joffe, among others. The hospital’s rooftop billboard, which once read “The Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center,” now reads “Flesh and Bone Zone” in a gradient of flesh colors—the work of artist Kelly Lamb. Upon entry, Jenny Holzer’s engraved white granite bench “What a show when they tell you it won’t hurt…,” 1989, succinctly sets the tone for psychological tour de force ahead.

The conscious, decision-making mind is explored on the second floor by Laurent Grasso, Polly Borland, Matthew Day Jackson, and Marc Horowitz, to name a few. Here, the surgery rooms host sculptural work by Daniel Arsham, Matthew Day Jackson, Tony Matelli, and Nick van Woert, while Polly Borland’s “Babies” series hangs in the cheerful pediatric ward. The juxtapositions range from uncanny to twisted. Before climbing to the fourth floor psychiatric ward, guests are invited to put up their feet: In an ironic nod to a human need for comfort, the otherwise sterile ICU has been repurposed as a waiting room with furniture from the Haas Brothers, Jeff Zimmerman, James Magni, Kerry Joyce, and Holly Hunt.

Human Condition is a unique opportunity to experience artwork outside the confines of a typical art space. In using the skeletal remains of the hospital and its discarded medical supplies, artists and viewers are encouraged to explore the notion of what we leave behind—from objects to human history.

Artists in the exhibition:
Nina Chanel Abney, Daniel Arsham, Gintare Bandinskaite, Tanya Batura, Katherine Bernhardt, Louise Bonnet, Polly Borland, Delia Brown, Ross Chisholm, Greg Colson, Chris Cran, Gregory Crewdson, Zoe Crosher, Mira Dancy, Marc Dennis, Marlene Dumas, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Nicole Eisenman, Amir H. Fallah, Louis Fratino, Derek Fordjour, Danny Fox, Louisa Gagliardi, Anna Glantz, Brendan Getz, Laurent Grasso, Heidi Hahn, Michael Haight, Brian Harte, Katie Herzog, Jenny Holzer, Marc Horowitz, Ridley Howard, Bettina Hubby, Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Matthew Day Jackson, Joshua Jefferson, Chantal Joffe, Jordan Kasey, Hoda Kashiha, Owen Kydd, Shay Kun, Friedrich Kunath, Kelly Lamb, Jonathan Lux, Tala Madani, Robert Mapplethorpe, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Max Maslansky, Tony Matelli, Simon Mathers, Patrick McElnea, John Millei, Marilyn Minter, Theo Mercier, Jonathan Nathanson, Vernon Price, Tal R, Holly Rockwell, Alexander Ruthner, Lionel Sabatte, Stuart Sandford, Yves Scherer, David Benjamin Sherry, Kim Simonsson, Peter Stichbury, Claire Tabouret, Johan Tahon, Mateo Tannatt, Kenneth Tam, Ed Templeton, Kristian Toubourg, Nick van Woert, Mark Verabioff, Matt Wedel, Jessica Williams, Bradley Wood, and Alexander Yulish.

Special thanks to ANC Productions for the extraordinary lighting design.

 
News & Events
  1. Zoe Crosher in Residence for 2017 at the Wende Museum, a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history. Posted April 10, 2017
  2. Zoe Crosher at the Aspen Museum, Opening December 21st, 2017 ~ LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds Posted March 26, 2017
  3. Zoe Crosher & Catherine Wagley at DFLAT Residency, Mexico City, March 18-28, 2016 Posted March 26, 2017
  4. The Fainting Club in Palm Springs inspired by the current exhibition at The Palm Springs Art Museum: Women in Abstract Expressionism Posted March  1, 2017
  5. Joanie 4 Jackie, Zoe Crosher brings Miranda July and Astria Suparak to Calarts during their Pacific Coast Tour, November 13, 2000. Posted February 17, 2017
  6. SUPERNATURE, Organized by Zoe Crosher & Emma Gray at Five Car Garage Los Angeles, CA, January 2018 Posted February 16, 2017
  7. Panel Discussion / Art in the Age of Donald Trump at Art Los Angeles Contemporary Posted January 24, 2017
  8. Amplify Compassion: An Art Sale to Benefit the ACLU at 356 S.Mission / Los Angeles, CA Posted January 19, 2017
  9. Floral Patterns ~ An Essay About Flowers And Art (with a blooming addendum.) by Andrew Berardini for Mousse Magazine Posted October  9, 2016
  10. The Very 1st Cambridge, Massachusetts Fainting Club Dinner, hosted by Alison Nordström & Lucy Soutter Posted October  2, 2016
  11. Zoe Crosher in Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, at the recently abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center Posted September 30, 2016
  12. Zoe Crosher at SFAI The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Posted September 14, 2016
  13. In conversation with artist Zoe Crosher, Howard Rodman, and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Matthew Specktor discusses and signs Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. Posted August 29, 2016
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  15. Invitation for The Very First Paris Fainting Club, Weds 29 June - 8pm ! Posted June 29, 2016
  16. Zoe Crosher "The New LA-LIKE" at Mayeur Projects, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Opening Night June 23rd Posted June  9, 2016
  17. "Madame Electrics," curated by Shana Lutker, at The Pit, Los Angeles, June 12th Posted June  5, 2016
  18. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, by Kate Sutton for Bookforum Posted June  1, 2016
  19. Zoe Crosher reading // The Institute for Art and Olfaction launch scent zine of 'Now Past Later,' May 26th, Los Angeles Posted May 21, 2016
  20. The Fainting Club Summer Supper in London, May 24th, hosted by Lucy Soutter & Susan Hyland Posted May 21, 2016
  21. Hesse Press at Offprint London 2016 at the Tate Modern - Book Signing this Saturday 1-2pm Posted May 16, 2016
  22. Hammer Museum present AIX Scent Fair, May 6-8, Los Angeles, "The Elevator Series Scent - HW 8:13pm" Posted May  2, 2016
  23. Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening at Vox Populi, May 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Posted May  2, 2016
  24. Catalogue Launch For Staging Los Angeles: Reality, Fantasy, and the Space Between, USC, Los Angeles, April 26th Posted April 16, 2016
  25. Mae Wested no. 1 to become part of Pérez Art Museum Collection, Miami, Florida Posted April 14, 2016
  26. Memory Theater, Directed by Srijon Chowdhury, Presented by Upfor, opening April 13th, Portland, Oregon Posted April 10, 2016
  27. MTV RE:DEFINE 2016, Presented by The Joule, Dallas, Texas, April 8th with the Michael Goss Foundation Posted April  4, 2016
  28. Shades of Gray by Andrew Berardini, reading at Human Resources, Los Angeles, April 1st Posted March 29, 2016
  29. NeueHouse Presents: The Fainting Club 'The Dust Dinner' with Zoe Crosher, March 23rd, Los Angeles Posted March 20, 2016
  30. LA IN THE AUGHTS: Art Auction and Party to Benefit X-TRA and Project X in Los Angeles, March 13th Posted March 12, 2016
  31. Zoe Crosher Joins the Advisory Council for the Arts at Cedars-Sinai Posted March  1, 2016
  32. Mayeur Projects Inaugural Artist-In-Residency Zoe Crosher, Las Vegas, NM, March 17 - May 14th Posted February 16, 2016
  33. LeSwim announces LeSwim x Zoe Crosher at Rob Pruitt's Flea Market, Presented by LAND Posted February 11, 2016
  34. Book Release for LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific at LA Art Book Fair, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, February 12th Posted February  8, 2016
  35. Artist: Zoe Crosher, by Caroline Ryder for Distinct Daily Posted February  3, 2016
  36. LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 now available Posted February  1, 2016
  37. Art House at Soho House Hollywood, curated by Sharón Zoldan, February 1st Posted January 28, 2016
  38. photo l.a. panel discussion, January 22nd, 2016 at The REEF/LA Mart, Los Angeles Posted January 18, 2016
  39. Announcing the publication of LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 Posted January  8, 2016
  40. Mayeur Projects Announces Inaugural Artist in Residence - Zoe Crosher, March 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico Posted December 14, 2015
  41. The Fainting Club Holiday Party in Los Angeles, December 11th Posted December 11, 2015
  42. Los Angeles County Museum Of Art to acquire work from Out The Window (LAX) Series Posted November 29, 2015
  43. LAXART's 10th Anniversary Benefit, November 15th, Los Angeles Posted November 13, 2015
  44. The Fainting Club Dinner in Syracuse, New York, November 15th Posted November 12, 2015
  45. What it Means to be American: What Does American Ingenuity Look Like?, 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Winners discussion, National Museum of American History, November 13th, Washington DC Posted November 12, 2015
  46. The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Zoe Crosher for Visual Arts (shared with Shamim M. Momim) Posted November  8, 2015
  47. Staging Los Angeles: Reality, Fantasy, and the Space Between at USC Roski School of Art and Design, opening November 6th, Los Angeles Posted November  2, 2015
  48. Exhibit | Zoe Crosher: Prospecting Palm Fronds, by Alicia Eler for Crave Posted October 26, 2015
  49. 9800 presented by 501(c)(3) Foundation, opening October 29th, Los Angeles Posted October 26, 2015
  50. The Ballad Live, Aperture Benefit Auction, October 26th, New York, NY Posted October 24, 2015
  51. Both Sides of Sunset at Kopeikin Gallery, opening October 24th Posted October 15, 2015
  52. Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening at Sector 2337, October 9th in Chicago Posted October  5, 2015
  53. Zoe Crosher: Head Out on the Highway, Forget the Adventure, by Jordan Auckland for Flaunt Magazine Posted September 30, 2015
  54. Marine Projects presents Salon No.13, opening September 28th Posted September 23, 2015
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  58. Lotusland Celebrates 2015: Passage to India Gala, Montecito, CA, July 26th Posted July 26, 2015
  59. Palm Beach Summer Show at Gavlak Gallery, opening July 10th, Palm Beach Posted July 19, 2015
  60. A Two-Year, 100-Billboard Celebration of Going West, by Su Wu for the New York Times T Magazine Posted June 23, 2015
  61. The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles, on Art in America Posted June 17, 2015
  62. Five Artists in Search of a City at MOCA, June 27th, Los Angeles Posted June 17, 2015
  63. Place, by Kristy Mucci for Brutal Magazine Posted June 17, 2015
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Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    2. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    3. LA-LIKE: Unlit Lightboxes
    4. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    5. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    6. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    7. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    8. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    9. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    10. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    11. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    12. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    13. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    14. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    15. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    16. The Pools I Shot
    17. LA-LIKE
    18. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    19. Tear Sheet Posters
  • The Michelle duBois Project
    1. The Additive Dust Series
    2. The Disbanding of Michelle duBois
    3. Mae Wested
    4. The Disappearing of Michelle duBois
    5. The Vanishing of Michelle duBois
    6. Silhouetted
    7. The Uniqued Series
    8. All Her Shadows
    9. Blackened Last Four Days & Nights in Tokyo
    10. The Other Disappeared Nurse
    11. Almost the Same
    12. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois
    13. The Unraveling of Michelle duBois
    14. Obfuscated
    15. The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois
    16. Polaroided
    17. Posed Postcards
  • Out The Window (LAX)
  • The Santa Cruz Kids
  • The Fainting Club
    1. The Fainting Club (London)
    2. The Fainting Club (New York)
    3. The Fainting Club (Los Angeles)
    4. The Fainting Club (More Cities)
    5. The Fainting Club (About)
  • Publications
    1. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Published by Hesse Presse, Los Angeles, CA - Spring 2016 (Sold Out)
    2. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books
    3. Forthcoming: The Re-duBois Book
    4. Returning to Berlin / Publication curated by Kim Schoen - Motto, Berlin (August 2013)
    5. Why Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter (2013) Published by Routelage
    6. Volume 4: The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, aka *Mitchi* (Fall 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    7. Volume 3: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, aka *Cricket* (Spring 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    8. Volume 2: The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, aka *Alice Johnson* (Fall 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    9. Volume 1: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, aka *Kathy* (Spring 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    10. Out the Window (LAX) with essays by Norman Klein, Pico Iyer, & Julian Meyers (2007)
    11. NTNTNT (2004)
    12. L.A. Now: Volume One, Published by Art Center College of Design, August 2002