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2013 - Issue 7 - November

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"IT" GIRL Rock on! Amanda Hunt, shown here amid artist Jedediah Caesar's exhibition "Rozoj." MS. LA>< POWER GAL-ABOUT-TOWN AMANDA HUNT IS PUTTING ART ON THE NONPROFIT LA>< GLOBAL MAP WITH A TRIO OF NEW, BUZZED-ABOUT INITIATIVES. BY RAKHEE BHATT C 66 "My mom says when I was in a stroller I never really seemed interested [in art]. I like to say, 'Look at me now, Ma!'" —AMANDA HUNT Work by artist Chris Lipomi was part of a recent LAXART exhibition entitled "Clothed Ascension." "One of the reasons I wanted to work at LAXART was because of its commitment to producing engaging public art for the passerby, the person commuting from work. I intend to infuse the Biennial with some of that ethos." Keeping with that notion, Hunt is currently working with mixed-media artist Carter Mull on a Downtown billboard, which will also inform a video for MOCAtv and is part of a three-pronged project that includes a one-night-only, still-to-bedetermined exhibition that will be digitally recorded and distributed. "So much of the noise, color, and industry have informed what Carter's work is thematically and conceptually occupied with at the moment," says Hunt. "We are excited to share a newer body of work that the public may not be familiar with." Hunt is also working with LAXART board member Rebecca Bloom on a bespoke wallpaper series from three local artists—a black and white print from Sanya Kantarovsky, a combination of opulent gold metal objects from Fay Ray, and a SoCal landscape-inspired design by photographer John Houck. So what's next for the curatorial star on the rise? "Only time will tell," Hunt demurs. LAC PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOLLY CRANNA urator for Los Angeles's most powerful and progressive nonprofit arts space, LAXART, Amanda Hunt is a force herself, spearheading three major projects this fall. But the Philadelphia native, an only child to parents working in the mental and behavioral health industry, did not initially take to art growing up. "My mom says that she took me all over town to see art when I was in a stroller and that I never really seemed interested," says Hunt, 29. "I like to say, 'Look at me now, Ma!'" It was not until Hunt's time as an undergraduate at Clark University in Massachusetts that she decided to switch majors from psychology to art history. After college, she racked up an impressive résumé, working at several galleries and institutions around the world such as the Whitechapel Gallery in London, New York's Petzel Gallery, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hunt's love for the arts eventually led her to San Francisco's California College of the Arts, where she earned a Master's degree from the Curatorial Practice program. Upon graduation in 2011, she relocated to the City of Angels for a position with LAXART and swiftly fell for her new home base. "The closeness of the creative community here and seeing how artists run their spaces is inspiring," she says. Hunt has not wasted any time bringing her ardent sensibilities to the forefront, as she played a key role in last year's "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980" and "Made in L.A. 2012," as well as curating her first show for LAXART last January for New York–based artist Steffani Jemison. Now Hunt is lending her talents as a curator to the Portland 2014 Biennial of Contemporary Art, marking the first time such a position has been held by a nonlocal. "I'm bringing the car culture to Portland," she says. LA-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE.COM 064_LAC_SPR_P_ITGirl_Nov13.indd 66 10/22/13 3:17 PM

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