LOST (in LA) celebrated the “lost” history of radical creative dialogue between France and Los Angeles. The exhibition sought to make an important contribution to the current re-birth of L.A. as an international arts capital. Accompanied by innovative education and outreach activities, LOST (in LA) aimed to inspire a new generation of Angelenos to rediscover the vibrant multicultural patrimony of their city through the eyes of a select group of artists who are on the leading edge of the contemporary art community in France and the United States.
Through LOST (in LA), FLAX and the Department of Cultural Affairs invited every member of the diverse and complex local community—from artists and musicians in Los Feliz, to creative professionals in Hollywood, to children, teens and families in neighboring schools, and community centers—to experience artworks of internationally-recognized artists in their own backyard. The project sought to engage the entire city in the resurgence of Barnsdall Art Park, transforming the site into the artistic retreat and cultural beacon that it was always meant to be. With artists at the forefront, FLAX and its partners promoted this spirit of cultural exchange, creativity, and discovery of the city’s most valuable cultural, social, and economic resources.
LOST (in LA) was curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler.
LOST (in LA) would not have been possible without the generous support and collaboration of both French and American institutions and individuals.
LOST (in LA) was presented by FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
The exhibition was made possible by generous support from The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; GRoW Annenberg; the Institut français and the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles; Blake Byrne; Eva and Marc Stern; and Les Amis de LOST (in LA): Phil and Alyce de Toledo, William and Patricia Flumembaum, Homeira and Arnold Goldstein, Suzanne and David Johnson, Arthur W. Forney, Lycée International de Los Angeles, Robert and Ann Ronus, Louis Stern, Laurentius Harrer, Wesley and Morgan Phoa, Jerôme Sauvage, Anne Vandenabeele, Kelly and Jerry White, Todd and Tatiana James, and Sarah Lang. The exhibition was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Generous in-kind support was provided by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Moving Parts Inc. Additional support was provided by Petit Ermitage – A L’Ermitage Hotel, and GuestHaus Residency. Promotional support was provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). FLAUNT is the Official Media Partner of LOST (in LA).
LOST (in LA) was organized with the guest participation of the Marcel Duchamp Prize. The exhibition was an event of Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France & Los Angeles, a five-month program of French-American collaborations in contemporary art.
The publication was an issue of the Public Fiction quarterly journal acting as a catalogue for the exhibition.
Louis Roederer was the Official Champagne of LOST (in LA).