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CULTURED 85 Since becoming LACMA's Terri and Michael Smooke department head and curator of contemporary art in 2010, Franklin Sirmans has curated some of the institution's most innovative exhibitions, including this year's highly acclaimed "Fútbol: The Beautiful Game," which was praised for giving a new perspective to soccer through art and for its exploration of national identity and globalism. Prior to his tenure at LACMA, Sirmans served as curator at the Menil Collection in Houston. This fall, the New York native will curate "Prospect.3: Notes for Now," the third edition of the New Orleans biennial, which opens on October 25 and features more than 50 international artists. FRANKLIN SIRMANS Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA "SO FAR THIS YEAR, MY FAVORITE EXHIBITION IS 'Made in L.A. 2014' at the Hammer Museum. It was a refreshing show not so much for the art, but the environment created by the curators Michael Ned Holte and Connie Butle in its layout. There was much anticipation about 'Made in L.A.,' and the content of the exhibition made a bold statement about artists working in Los Angeles." "I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO Prospect.3 New Orleans! And also Charles Esche's São Paulo Biennial and the 10th Gwangju Biennale curated by Jessica Morgan, which both open in September. "MY DESERT ISLAND LUXURY ITEM WOULD BE a painting: Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta by Jean-Michel Basquiat." PHOTOS (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP): 2013 MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/LACMA (PORTRAIT); SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION, 14 MAY 2014; SARAH RARA; SOPHIE T. LVOFF; STELLA JONES GALLERY, NEW ORLEANS "I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THE WORK OF the young photographer Sophie T. Lvoff. I try to keep my eyes and ears open and listen to people who I am close to and trust." New Orleans Series #4, 2012, by Ed Clark Washington Ave., 2012 A still from The Pollinators, 2014 by Sarah Rara, featured in "Made in L.A."

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