2016 PennMFA in Los Angeles
Happiness Greens Our Irrelevance
PennMFA Thesis Exhibition Artists
chukwumaa, Keenan Bennett, Stephanie Elden, Shaina Gates, Rich Hogan, E. Jane, Olivia Jones, Doah Lee, Sarah Legow, Daria McMeans, Yue Nakayama, Heather Raquel Phillips, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Gonzalo Reyes Rodríguez, Fern Vargas Vargas, Marianna Williams
Exhibition Curator Hamza Walker is Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society, the non-collecting museum of contemporary art at The University of Chicago. His 2008 curated exhibition, Black Is, Black Ain’t, explored a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a moment where racial identity was being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition was the subject of a 2013 symposium. Walker has written articles and reviews for publications such as Trans, New Art Examiner, and Artforum. He is currently on the boards of Noon, an annual publication of short fiction, and Lampo, a non-profit presenter of new and experimental music. This year he is co-curator the Made in L.A. 2016 with Aram Moshayedi at the Hammer Museum.