LAXART Moves to Hollywood

Dianna Molzan, LA><ART Façade (2011).
Photo: Kelly Barrie, courtesy LAXART.

The Los Angeles alternative art space LAXART announced several new initiatives yesterday, timed around its 10th anniversary year in 2015. These include a move to the east—but not that far east—to Hollywood, and a major new 4,300-square foot space on Santa Monica Boulevard. The organization is also launching a new platform called “The Occasional” that will stage newly commissioned work in experimental sites throughout LA.

LAXART, currently in Culver City, will join the mini-migration of artists and galleries eastward to the Hollywood area, where Regen Projects, Gavlak Gallery, and Hannah Hoffman have already established major spaces within steps of one another (see “West Coast Gallerists Bet Big on Los Angeles’s East Side“). LAXART is moving to 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, on the corner of North Orange Drive, into a former recording studio where legends including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa have recorded. The architects on the project, Lorcan O’Herlihy, plan to preserve many of the architectural elements of the building.

Founder and director Lauri Firstenberg said the new space “solidifies LAXART as the alternative art space responding directly to the new cultural conditions of our city.” The main gallery space will focus on sculpture and moving image works, while the building will also accomodate a space for debuting new film and video, a permanent education program, and, at the entrance to the building, a sculpture garden with a rotating selection of works.

The new platform, “The Occasional,” will focus on international artist residencies and staging new work throughout the city. The curatorial team includes Firstenberg herself, Sylvia Chivaratanond of the Pompidou Center, Linda Norden, an independent curator based in New York, and Matthew Schum of LAXART. One of the first projects will be a public work by Shana Lutker, involving marking areas of Surrealist activity with signage.

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