This Friday, December 11th at 1 pm PST – Rachel Zaretsky in an artist talk with the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition ARCHIVE MACHINES

Above: Screenshot of Rachel Zaretsky from a recent Hyperallergic review of the exhibition ARCIVE ENGINES at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery of Art


Yesterday 2015 VCS alumna Rachel Zaretsky sent out an announcement of a group artists’ talk she’ll be taking part in this Friday, in conjunction with the current exhibition ARCHIVE MACHINES at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Here’s the message she sent, which also contains a link to an article on Hyperallergic about the show. I’ve also included information about ARCHIVE MACHINES from the gallery’s press release, right below Rachel’s announcement.



Please join me for my artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition ARCHIVE MACHINES organized by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The exhibition, which runs until December 31st, presents works by Los Angeles based artists that examine the archive as a conceptual vehicle. The upcoming talk is a conversation between myself and participating artists Sacha Bergstrom- Katz, William Camargo and Boz Garden. I will be discussing my video Visiting the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach by proxy. You can find a review of my work on Hyperallergic  An Online Archive Tells an Alternate History of US Monuments and Architecture

The talk is on December 11, 1pm PST. (Add to your Calendar)

You can RSVP for the event here


I hope you are staying healthy during this time.





July 30 – December 31, 2020


While LAMAG’s physical gallery remains closed due to COVID-19, we are amplifying our commitment to our mission to respond to the diversity of human experiences that shape Los Angeles. Though meeting the moment online, LAMAG maintains its essential functions established by its 60 years precedent of fostering a space for local artists to address social critique and discourse with contemporary matters. With this in mind, LAMAG has shifted this year’s juried exhibition, ARCHIVE MACHINES, to an interactive web format inviting Los Angeles artists and visitors to engage with the activities of archives. ARCHIVE MACHINES brings together jury selected artists whose works explore the ways in which archival structures and materials are interpreted, appropriated, and interrogated.

The juried exhibition brings together 44 artists selected by a jury comprising of Olivian Cha, Curator and Collections Manager, Corita Art Center, Los Angeles; Kerstin Erdmann, Director & Partner, Galería OMR, Mexico City and Director of the MA program Contemporary Art, Markets and Management at Centro in partnership with the Sotheby´s Institute of Art; and Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head Contemporary Art, LACMA, Los Angeles.

An archive “machine” connotes a powerful mechanism for telling one’s own story—whether it be through an urgently recorded video of a situation, a collection of public records, an heirloom tale preserved by word of mouth, found ephemera, or cherished memorabilia. It is through such operations that the artists endeavor to examine the archive as a conceptual vehicle to de-center dominant interpretations and encourage plural perspectives. ARCHIVE MACHINES gathers artworks in an arc of four sections that will explicitly explore the activities of: Revisioning, Resisting, Rewiring, and Relating. These sections are a means to critically query the modalities behind the construction and circulation of narratives.

In further dialogue with archival discourses and the aim to revisit and rethink contexts, the curatorial framework for the presentation of artworks will follow the structure of “living archives”, with the exhibition taking a cumulative course, growing throughout the duration of the show. The developing nature of the exhibition will also introduce opportunities for visitor participation through the launch of a new salon-style series of topical response prompts as a source for community interaction and virtual convening. We encourage you to revisit and join in the conversation.


July 30, 2020, launches ARCHIVE MACHINES’ first section, REVISIONING featuring artists: Jamie Adams, Caroline Clerc, Natalie Delgadillo,  Danny Jauregui, Dina Kelberman, Audrey Leshay, Maura Murnane, Lenard Smith, Allison Stewart and Rachel Zaretsky.

August 13, 2020, RESISTING features: Johanna Breiding, Woohee Cho, Boz Garden, Malisa Humphrey, Nova Jiang, Farrah Karapetian, Keaton Macon, Silvi Naçi, Amir Saadiq and Keith Walsh.

September 10, 2020, REWIRING features: Sasha Bergstrom-Katz, Arezoo Bharthania, Tom Comitta, stephanie mei huang, David Kelley, Ahree Lee, Julie Orser, Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi, Tianyi Sun, Kyle Tata and Camille Wong.

October 1, 2020, will conclude with RELATING featuring artists: William Camargo, Helen Chung, Nick Flessa, Carla Jay Harris, Wesley Larios, Helena Min, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Felix Quintana, Leticia Velasquez, Evelyn Hang Yin, Sarita Zaleha and Jody Zellen.


Download the ARCHIVE MACHINES Family Guide

Download the ARCHIVE MACHINES – REVISIONING Educator’s Guide

Download the ARCHIVE MACHINES – RESISTING Educator’s Guide

Download the ARCHIVE MACHINES – REWIRING Educator’s Guide

Download the ARCHIVE MACHINES – RELATING Educator’s Guide


Select Press

Abe Ahn, “An Online Archive Tells an Alternate History of US Monuments and Architecture”, Hyperallergic, September 29, 2020

Shana Nys Dambrot, “Art Pick: Archive Machines”, LA Weekly, August 15, 2020.

Visual & Critical Studies