Dear LACE Friends—
Happy New Year!
We are excited to share more details about the next step in the evolution of LACE. Many of you know that LACE’s roots begin in El Monte with the founding CETA artists, who later set up a space at 240 S. Broadway in Downtown LA. Following a few years there, LACE moved to 1804 Industrial Street, where it remained until 1993 before moving to the current 6522 Hollywood Blvd. location. Now LACE is transforming again through a major renovation starting in February of this year—a new gallery is under construction in the same exact location as part of The Hollywood Arts Collective.
In its next iteration, LACE will be the visual arts anchor in the new complex, which includes a skylit paseo and courtyard leading to the Glorya Kaufman Theatre, non-profit arts spaces, and The Actors Fund Western Region Headquarters. LACE will retain its street-level storefront location with a re-designed façade and a renovated interior featuring a skylit gallery and mezzanine offices.
It is bittersweet to say goodbye to LACE’s current gallery space, but exciting to launch construction of our new space. We embrace the change and remember gratefully the many powerful artist projects, performances and exhibitions presented over the decades under the beautiful art deco ceiling.
Thanks to our friends who were able to come by the gallery over the last few months to pick up LACE publications or other useful materials as we downsize our storage. The LACE Team will temporarily relocate to an office in the neighborhood during the renovations to continue both in-person and virtual programming before returning to our renovated gallery in about a year. Our new offices will be just a few blocks away at 6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1070.
For over 27 years LACE has been embedded in the Hollywood community and we will continue to offer free and accessible programming that welcomes visitors to experience thought-provoking contemporary art. If you missed 2021 programming at LACE, check the Archives for documentation and program recordings from the Emerging Curator project, PARABLE 003, and Estación Intergalactix Station.
2022 LACE programming includes: the Emerging Curator program presentation of Cat Jones’s project, Reclaiming Performance: A Revolutionary Act; and Cantadora: Shamana de Cabaret, Carmina Escobar’s collaboration with Asher Hartman. In addition, LACE continues virtual bilingual programming related to last summer’s exhibition Intergalactix: against isolation/contra el aislamiento.
Also look out for calls for proposals for the 2023 Emerging Curator Program and the next round of the Lightning Fund artist grants. The LACE curatorial team is researching and preparing the 2024 Pacific Standard Time Art + Science presentation, (Un)disciplinary Tactics, an exhibition centering the work of Beatriz da Costa. Thanks to our major funders, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts and The Getty Foundation for supporting these initiatives.
We thank the LACE community for continued support of our mission and look forward to sharing more programming updates!
Warmest regards from The LACE Team,
Sarah Russin, Executive Director
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Chief Curator and Director of Programming
Juan Silverio, Exhibitions and Operations Manager
Bren Perry, Communications Coordinator
Fiona Ball, Grants Manager
Ana Briz, Curatorial Assistant
About The Hollywood Arts Collective
The project is a culmination of 11 years of cultural planning and development by The Actors Fund, developers Thomas Safran & Associates, and the City of Los Angeles Departments of Housing, Cultural Affairs and Transportation.
Located at the former parking lot behind LACE, The Hollywood Arts Collective will feature a Residential Building with 151 units of affordable housing and the new home for The Actors Fund Western Region Headquarters. The adjacent Arts Building on Hollywood Blvd. will be home to LACE, the under 99-seat Glorya Kaufman Theater, a courtyard, and nonprofit arts office spaces.
Image: Young Joon Kwak & Mutant Salon, CAVERNOUS, 2018. Installation view. Photo by Chris Wormald.