"LA is unique because of its melting pot of cultures which influence a lot of the art here," William Hu of Dopium LA tells Citizine. "Artists also have a lot of access to materials, services and spaces due to its geography and it’s identity as a film city. There are a lot of accessible studio spaces on the fringe of LA which allow these artists to create and exhibit their art, which I think makes the LA art scene feel raw and original." activate the Mandarin Plaza by Aldo Lihiang of Coffee Hall Chinatown," the pair said. "With the support of the Chinatown community, the superwomen of Secret Agent (also tenants of Mandarin Plaza), and our incredible friends who believed in our vision, we ended up with something that became much more than an “art show,” but rather an art experience and platform for up-and-coming creatives to push themselves out of their comfort zones and grasp new opportunities."
We asked Dopium LA where are the best places for art in LA today. Here is what they had to say:
A+D MuseumArts District
Dopium LA: With a good mix of traditional/non-traditional exhibitions, the A+D Museum regularly features progressive architecture and design. The installations have really kept us going back and staying connected with what’s going on in architecture, and how it applies outside the practice.
ChinatownDL: Just far enough from Downtown, Chinatown is the home to a modest community of artists, and small businesses in the creative industry. You’ve got Chung King Road with its galleries, Far East Plaza pushing the culinary narrative, as well as personal studios sprinkled all around the neighborhood. They’ve also had some really solid large exhibits like Beyond The Streets and We Rise/Into Action.
Ace Hotel DTLADTLA
DL: The Ace Hotel DTLA is a huge supporter of the music and arts scene, featuring a lot of up-and-coming artists on their busy rooftop bar. Their venue side has also regularly host some great events that support up-and-coming artists (i.e. Red Bull Sound Academy, ARENA Dance Competition, LA Music Video Festival, etc)
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCALittle Tokyo
DL: More traditional, but never boring is the MOCA's largest branch, which presents world-class contemporary art nestled right into Little Tokyo/Arts District.
DL: Not only does the Broad have an amazing collection of post-war and contemporary art but it’s also free to the general public. It’s definitely one of our favorite museums to attend in Los Angeles because of the rotating exhibitions.
Marciano Art FoundationHancock Park
DL: Not only does the Foundation provide a venue to display the collection publicly, it also serves as an experimental forum for artists to develop new concepts, installations, and exhibitions. This is key to for LA’s art scene to continue evolving.
Ace Hotel DTLA, Image courtesy of @acedtla
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, image courtesy of @elonschoenholz
The Broad, image courtesy of @thebroadmuseum
Marciano Art Foundation, image courtesy of @marcianoartfoundation