Explore the sculpture and installation work of artist Lauren Halsey, winner of the coveted Mohn Award in 2018.
Every two years, on the occasion of the Made in L.A. biennial, the Hammer Museum presents the Mohn Award to an artist whose work in the exhibition is exceptional. The 2018 winner was Lauren Halsey for her piece The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture), a large structure made of plywood and gypsum and covered in bas-relief carvings. These carvings—depicting graffiti, community members, and other elements significant to South Central Los Angeles where Halsey grew up—evoke the hieroglyphs found on Egyptian temples. This book also explores a range of Halsey’s earlier work and includes original texts by poet and performer Douglas Kearney, curator Anne Ellegood, as well as an interview between the artist and curator Erin Christovale.
ANNE ELLEGOOD is the Executive Director of the ICA LA and former Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum.
ERIN CHRISTOVALE is Associate Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the co-founder of Black Radical Imagination.