We are excited to share news 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 undergo major construction beginning in 2022 to create The Hollywood Arts Collective. Adding to the rapidly growing arts scene this new Hollywood cultural nexus includes a skylit paseo and courtyard leading to the Glorya Kaufman Theatre, non-profit arts spaces, and The Actors Fund Western Region Headquarters. LACE is the visual arts anchor in the new complex, retaining its street-level storefront location with a re-designed façade and a renovated interior featuring a skylit gallery and mezzanine offices.
The LACE Team will temporarily re-locate in the neighborhood during the renovations to continue both in-person and virtual programming before returning to its renovated gallery. The final exhibition projects in our current space wrap up this fall – come by to catch the Emerging Curator project, Parable 003; Estación Intergalactix Station; and The Archival Impulse: 40 Years at LACE. 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.
LACE programming in 2022 includes: the Emerging Curator program presentation of Cat Jones’s project, Reclaiming Performance: A Revolutionary Act; Micaela Tobin’s (White Boy Scream’s) experimental opera, APOLAKI: Still Here; 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. 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.
The Getty acquired the LACE Archives in 2018 (over 400 boxes), so researchers will have access to those materials and they can be cross-referenced with The Getty’s other rich archives. Look for announcements about upcoming LACE Sales before the end of the year! We thank the LACE community for continued support of our mission and look forward to sharing more 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
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, three resident gardens, and the new home for The Actors Fund Western Region Headquarters. The adjacent Arts Building on Hollywood Blvd. will be home to Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the under 99-seat Glorya Kaufman Theater, a courtyard, and nonprofit arts office spaces.