Billboards are a hot-button issue in Los Angeles, where a challenge to the city’s 2002 ban on new ones has been working its way through the legal system. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case, providing extra frisson to the first urban exhibit by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Featuring 21 commissioned works scattered throughout the city, including Eileen Cowin’s I love you too, “How Many Billboards? Art in Stead” (howmanybillboards.org) sits at the nexus of popular culture, conceptual art, and the ever-harder-toescape visual clutter of commercialism.
Through March 26. makcenter.org