No. 480: Jill Mulleady, Umar Rashid

Episode No. 480 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Jill Mulleady and Umar Rashid.

Mulleady and Rashid are included in “Made in L.A. 2020: A Vision” the Hammer Museum’s biennial that has been installed — but is not yet on public view because of the pandemic — at the Hammer and The Huntington Library. The exhibition was scheduled to open last year; its opening date is dependent upon Los Angeles County guidance. (As of the publishing of this episode, COVID rates in LA County are nearly double the national average.) Online and offsite MinLA projects by Larry Johnson and Kahlil Joseph, and Ligia Lewis are on view now. Late last year, a small number of critics and journalists received a preview of the exhibition; The MAN Podcast is airing MinLA-oriented episodes last week and this week in an effort to support the artists in the exhibition while we wait.

Mulleady’s paintings, often or present-day scenes, are built from specific geographies and often from additions pulled from art’s history, including references to specific paintings, as well as to familiar metaphors and allegories. Mulleady was born in Uruguay, schooled in London and lives in Los Angeles. She has had solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute in New York and the Kunsthalle Bern, and she was included in curator Ralph Rugoff’s 2019 Venice Biennale.

Rashid’s paintings at the Hammer present the fictional Battle of Malibu, an exploration of the maritime exploits of the Tongva and Chumash peoples native to the southern California coast. At the Huntington, Rashid critiques the Spanish dominion over indigenous Californians, including through the mission-and-presidio system and related colonial agricultural practices.

Rashid has had solo exhibitions at the art museums at the University of Arizona and the University of Memphis, and at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

Instagram: Umar Rashid, Tyler Green.

Air date: January 14, 2021.

Jill Mulleady, Someone left the cake out in the rain, 2020.

Jill Mulleady, Interior, 2019.

Jill Mulleady, Etoile, 2011.

Installation view of Jill Mulleady at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Jill Mulleady, Beating the System, 2015.

Jill Mulleady, The Devil is a Gentleman, 2016.

Rene Magritte, The False Mirror, 1929.

Jill Mulleady, No Hope No Fear, nd.

Richard Diebenkorn, Large Still Life, 1963.

Installation view of Jill Mulleady, Made in LA 2020, Huntington Library

Umar Rashid, The Battle of Malibu (In Three Parts) 1795: Part One, See battle. Little red corvette; Part Two, The death of Father Wiyot. If we can do this to a god, imagine what we’ll do to you; Part three, Surfriders vs the Jaguars from Mars (triptych), (detail), 2020.

Umar Rashid, The Battle of Malibu (In Three Parts) 1795: Part One, See battle. Little red corvette; Part Two, The death of Father Wiyot. If we can do this to a god, imagine what we’ll do to you; Part three, Surfriders vs the Jaguars from Mars (triptych), (detail), 2020.

Installation view of Umar Rashid, Made in LA 2020, Hammer Museum.

Installation view of Umar Rashid, Made in LA 2020, Huntington Library.

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