Downtown's Next Big Cultural Moment

With the current rapid pace of arts investment happening in Downtown Los Angeles, each season seems to be bringing a new major cultural entity. This past autumn boldly welcomed The Broad, summer brought the A+D (Architecture + Design) Museum, and last spring ushered in the Teragram Ballroom across the 110. Now as winter draws to a close, another new cultural centerpiece prepares to open its doors: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Hauser & Wirth, one of the world's most established contemporary art galleries with locations in New York, London and Zurich, has teamed up with former MOCA curator Paul Schimmel to create a kind of gallery seen almost nowhere else. Taking up an entire city block of the Arts District, the gallery is 100,000 square feet - just slightly larger than MOCA Grand Ave - and comprises a bookstore, a research center, an education area, a garden and a soon-to-open restaurant. While selling art is still surely the gallery's primary goal, Schimmel's addition to the project forecasts museum-like exhibitions that will be free and open to the public. We've previously written about their inaugural show, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016, and are excited to see it and hear people's reactions as the gallery welcomes Angelenos for the first time this coming weekend.  •

  (image via  L  A Times )

(image via LA Times)