The work featured in VSAs: A Group Exhibition is not united by a central theme, however what the participating artists have in common is an enduring bond based on their enthusiasm for the Los Angeles arts community. All of the artists in the exhibition work as Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) at The Broad*, a new museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles specializing in Post-War and Contemporary Art.
Brought together by a desire to work in a leading cultural space in LA, in the months after the museum opened in September 2015, many VSAs began to recognize the immense talent amongst their fellow coworkers and interest grew in sharing their artistic practices with one another. What followed was an invitation by VSAs Sacha Baumann and Sarah Gonsalves to create a collaborative exhibition that showcases the art created by their colleagues. From the works hanging in the gallery, to the graphic design featured on press materials, to the curatorial plan, VSAs: A Group Exhibition was conceived and implemented entirely by Visitor Services Associates at The Broad.
The multiplicity in medium and subject matter on display echoes the wide-ranging interests of these museum staff members. A commitment to sharing knowledge of The Broad collection with visitors, and a love for Contemporary Art as a whole unites the artists, but their personal and creative backgrounds differ vastly. Some participants have been producing works for decades, while others are just beginning their professional practices. Many of the artists have BFAs and MFAs, others have years of experience passionately creating art. Some are educators, writers, and art historians. Thus the centrality found in VSAs: A Group Exhibition is the diversity through which each of the artists on display showcase varied concepts in assorted media including painting, sculpture, photography, sound installation, and video.
Because there is no strict theoretical framework, curatorial choices were based on formal elements in each of the works, as well as the visual conversations that naturally emerged between pieces in the exhibition. The bonds and respect that formed between the VSAs is sustaining and unusual, and becomes the focus and inspiration for the exhibition.
VSAs: A Group Exhibition is held in loving memory of William Walker.
VSAs: A Group Exhibition Curators:
Rachel Keller, writer
Sarah Davis, lead
*VSAs: A Group Exhibition is not sponsored or endorsed by The Broad.