Walking Tour: 5 of DTLA’s Best Art Galleries
August 26, 2016
You don’t have to be an Angeleno to know that DTLA is growing bigger and better on the daily. We’re invoking the theory of propinquity—that’s fancy for “like attracts like,” the reason similar things cluster together—to explain why so many intriguing creative galleries are popping up in the sprawl south of the 10. With all the influx, you need to know where to look. Treat this list as a walking tour guide. We mapped out five spots you can get to on foot in one hour; all of these places are open Saturdays at least till 6 p.m.
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Hauser and Wirth just opened its L.A. outpost and—like its New York counterpart (which debuted in 1992)—the humongous mega-gallery anchors the arts district it’s located in. Treat the building itself as an exhibit: The 19th century flour mill was lovingly rehabbed, with a huge courtyard bisecting the wings. Start here, it’ll make the smaller galleries feel even more special.
Address: 901 E 3rd St at S Garey
Much like Brooklyn’s 99¢ Plus Gallery, artists run 356 Mission: specifically, painter Laura Owens and Wendy Yao, founder of Ooga Booga bookstore. It’s a scene-y, weird wonderland with evening events that spotlight the beautiful and the strange.
Address: 356 S Mission Rd at Artemus St
The media can’t stop calling Night Gallery the art scene’s “downtown It spot.” While its evening programming and the heavyweight roster of exhibitors and guests lends itself to that moniker, it’s a welcoming group and a fun place to stroll. The gallery supports other creatives, including promoting an upcoming benefit at the Ace Hotel and joining friends’ podcasts.
Address: 2276 E 16th St at Santa Fe Ave
Venus Over Los Angeles is another gallery doing the bicoastal thing. The New York spot, though, is on the polished Upper East Side, so we love that it found a Western home in the grittier DTLA area. The goal here is to give emerging artists their primary shows with a focus on scale. With 15,000 square feet, there’s room.
Address: 601 S Anderson St at E 6th St
Ghebaly Gallery is a hidden gem. The high, white walls meet a vaulted ceiling brightening the room. But some of the best experiences there are when the sun’s blocked out. Many shows—contemporary artists, almost all—play with projection and light. Rarely is the art confined to just the walls. It’s amazing what the gallerists do with a big empty room.
Address: 2245 E Washington Blvd at Santa Fe Ave