Prof. Monica Majoli wins a prestigious Hammer Museum award
Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times by Deborah Vankin
July 15, 2021
"The Hammer Museum announced Thursday that L.A. artist Kandis Williams, co-founder of Cassandra Press and a visiting faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, will receive the museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award for artistic excellence.
The museum also announced two other awards in conjunction with this year’s “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” biennial. The Career Achievement Award, for “brilliance and resilience,” will go to painter Monica Majoli; the Public Recognition Award will go to painter Fulton Leroy Washington, a.k.a. Mr. Wash. Both of those artists will receive $25,000 each.
L.A. painter Majoli often addresses homoeroticism and sexual fetishism in her work. Her “Blueboys” series, which she’s been developing since 2015, depicts centerfolds who appeared in the now-defunct gay lifestyle and porn magazine “Blueboy” from 1976 to 1979. Her delicate, pastel-hued watercolor woodcut transfers suggest imminent tragedy given that the AIDS epidemic was on the horizon at the time her subjects were photographed."