Are you looking for the perfect art piece to complement your living space? Is art one of your favorite spectator sports? Do you love discovering the hidden treasures that make DTLA so exciting? Residents of Watermarke Tower rejoice: the city is bursting with galleries, artist collectives, performance spaces, arts walks and tours to fuel your creative energy.
Hauser & Wirth
901 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
Located in the former Globe Mills complex, a collection of historic buildings in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, Hauser & Wirth is a vibrant communal space that links art and architecture with a dynamic events program. The gallery is presenting its first exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to renowned artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York, ‘Calder: Nonspace’ presents primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create volumes out of voids. One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Calder transformed the very nature of sculpture with his invention of the mobile, introducing the fourth dimension of time and the actuality of real-time experience into the realm of sculpture. His prolific artistic output extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewelry, furniture, and domestic objects, and grew to encompass monumental public commissions across the globe. Calder: Nonspace’ also features five large-scale outdoor sculptures, transforming the industrial landscape of the Arts District into an oasis for contemplation of Calder’s monumental vision.
While you’re there, be sure to visit Manuela, the onsite restaurant offering seasonal, locally-sourced produce, a chicken coop and an urban garden, an open-air courtyard with a native Southern California oak tree and other indigenous plants, and murals celebrating the Arts District’s history. Additionally, the site is home to the first ARTBOOK store in Los Angeles, the Gallery Shop, which offers a curated selection of hand-crafted products, and Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ Book Lab.
The Hive Gallery & Studios
729 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Founded in 2005, The Hive Gallery and Studios is a truly unique and vibrant gallery/studio experience. Billing itself as a virtual think-tank, the gallery is buzzing with five featured artists a month, two full galleries, 25 working artists, and an artist-made item store. One of the longest standing galleries on the Downtown Art Walk, the Hive is on the forefront of establishing the Los Angeles Metro area as a world-wide art mecca. In addition, the gallery serves as an arts community hub, holding various fundraising events, and gallery programs such as yoga, figure drawing, private movie screenings, and more. The art featured in the gallery leans toward neo-pop illustration in nearly all mediums that are highly crafted and affordable. Artists that show at The Hive have proven their dedication to the community by consistently producing high quality work on a month to month basis. Frequent monthly shows encourage the participating artists to fine tune their craft, develop new communication forms, and experiment with particular styles, imagery, and techniques.
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary and curatorial project led by Kim Stringfellow, exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert: Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention. The Mojave Project materializes over time through deep research and direct field inquiry involving interviews, reportage and personal journaling supported with still photography, audio and video documentation. Field Dispatches are shared throughout the production period at this site and through publishing partner KCET Artbound. Partnering with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) through support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship program, The Mojave Project will be exhibited at LACE from September 12 – November 18, 2018. The Mojave Project will culminate as large-scale installation incorporating the published research journals, photographs, videos, documents, maps and other ephemera and objects gathered over the four-year production period.
431 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Established in 2008, the Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core. Exhibitions focus on mid-career local artists, while bringing attention to a community of individuals whose works are rarely presented to mainstream audiences. Marking DAC Gallery’s tenth anniversary, In the Making In the Making is an exhibition of textile and mixed media sculpture works by artists from the ECF Art Center Program. Curated by Nat George Media, the exhibition focuses on recent 2 and 3D artworks produced by artists employing unusual or untraditional materials and techniques. From furniture, to cushions, and wall-hung woven sculptures mixing fabric, beading, needlepoint, and ceramic elements, In the Making celebrates intuitive, “in-the-moment” creative processes that defy the accepted norms of art making. Nat George Media is a tiny agency specializing in curation, cultural production, creative strategy & communications, with a focus on contemporary art & design.
The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, DTLA celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine. Downtown Art Walk activities take place inside the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions located along Spring and Main streets, between 3rd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art-related events, pop-ups, openings, activities, and special programming taking place all over Downtown. For the true art collectors and fans, arriving early offers a more relaxing stroll through galleries and art exhibitions. As the evening progresses, more visitors descend on the area to meet up with friends and savor the local experience. The Art Walk Lounge is hosted by the Spring Arts Collective, inside The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring. Attendees can pick up maps, and obtain information on what to see and do each Art Walk evening. Maps are also available in our participating galleries. Tickets here.
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk also presents the Historic Core Mural Tour, a walking tour celebrating Downtown LA’s murals! This tour is designed to take you through Downtown’s Historic Core neighborhood to explore and learn about some of the original art pieces that live on our city walls! The Historic Core Mural Tour exposes art enthusiasts to the rapidly expanding street art of the Historic Core. The walking tour explores the unexpected nooks of where incredible murals are exhibited on our city walls, providing the often unknown backstories to these unique works of art as explained by the local artists and gallery owners. The tour features special presentations by local artists and gallery owners. The Historic Core Mural Tour is a collaboration between Downtown Art Walk and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, to educate the public on the exciting art history of Los Angeles. This tour meets near G&B at the Grand Central Market. Attendees should arrive early, as the tour leaves at 12-noon sharp. Meeting locations, tour times and dates are subject to change with notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. General Admission tickets for $25. Attendance is limited to 30 people per tour, so book early!