A Universal History of Infamy

BCAM, Level 2
August 20, 2017–February 18, 2018
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Referencing the title of a genre-bending collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges, A Universal History of Infamy uses multiple venues across Los Angeles to present new works by more than 15 boundary-defying artists and collectives. Developed for the most part through residencies at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, the works represent artists who live and practice in several countries; adopt methods from disciplines such as anthropology, theater, and linguistics; mingle research with visual art; and work across a range of media, from installation and sculpture to performance and video.

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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Major support provided by grants from the Getty Foundation.

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This project is supported by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the AMA Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund. 

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All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from the Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, The Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer Foundation, Taslimi Foundation, and Lenore and Richard Wayne. 

Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala (A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala), 2010–13. Single channel video installation. © Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa.