The Los Angeles Times reviews "Stories of Almost Everyone" co-curated by MACP alumnus Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi and Aram Moshayedi at the Hammer Museum

March 29, 2018

It takes a striptease to enliven 'Stories of Almost Everyone' at the Hammer Museum

By Christopher Knight

 

Wall labels, catalog essays, audio guides, critical reviews, gallery docents, press releases — the interpretive apparatus that grows up around Conceptually-based art in museums can be a dreadful subject for an exhibition. Organized navel gazing is usually an unattractive sight.

 

And so it turns out to be in “Stories of Almost Everyone,” an extravaganza of excessive self-contemplation newly opened at the UCLA Hammer Museum. The show assembles art objects that reside within a context of heavy institutional mediation, given the nature of the work.

 

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