Rendering of The Hollywood Arts Collective, Hollywood Blvd. facing south with the new LACE façade on the right and housing behind. Rendering by HGA.
Dear LACE Friends—
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. LACE’s current gallery and two adjacent spaces to the east are in a 1919 building owned by the City of LA and will continue to undergo major construction in 2023 to create 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 Entertainment Community 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. The interior design of the gallery will be led by Formation Association. With the long-expected development of this City-owned property, LACE has an incredible opportunity to renovate and upgrade its exhibition facility, while fulfilling ADA and safety needs.
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.
The LACE Team is temporarily relocated to an office in the neighborhood during the renovations to continue in-person programming before returning to our renovated gallery in about a year. Our new offices are located 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 this year’s programming, check the Archives for documentation of the mobile procession, Gemidos de la Tierra, by Jackie Amézquita; and APOLAKI: Opera of the Scorched Earth, an experimental opera by Micaela Tobin in collaboration with Jay Carlon and Carlo Maghirang.
Upcoming LACE programming includes: the 2024 Emerging Curator program presentation of Carrie Chen’s project, A Fossil, A Ruin, A Memory; the fourth round of Lightning Fund Artist Grants; and Cantadora: Shamana de Cabaret, Carmina Escobar’s collaboration with Asher Hartman. In addition, LACE welcomed our new Curator and Director of Programs, Selene Preciado and Fiona Ball joined the team as a full time Deputy Director.
The LACE curatorial team is researching and preparing the 2024 PST Art: Art & Science Collide presentation, (un)disciplinary tactics: Beatriz da Costa, an exhibition centering the work of late artist 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
Fiona Ball, Deputy Director
Selene Preciado, Curator and Director of Programs
Juan Silverio, Assistant Director of Programming
Camille Wong, Communications Coordinator
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, PST Art: Art & Science Collide Curator
Ana Briz, PST Art: Art & Science Collide Curatorial Assistant
About The Hollywood Arts Collective
The project is a culmination of 11 years of cultural planning and development by The Entertainment Community Fund Western Region Headquarters, 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 features a Residential Building with 151 units of affordable housing and the new home for The Entertainment Community 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.