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Ace Museum opening soon on La Brea

What is moving into the cavernous open-air space on the corner of La Brea and 4th? For a few months now we’ve seen ACE MUSEUM painted boldly on the interior of the former car dealership and we stopped by to learn what’s going on. Looks like it’s another project to revitalize the LaBrea corridor – and to bring contemporary art to the SW corner of the Hancock Park area.

Douglas Chrismas, a veteran art collector, is the founder and Director of 3 Ace Gallery sites in LA, Beverly Hills and NY. He has leased the La Brea space to showcase work from both emerging and established contemporary artists he’s collected over the years. Maria Holland, who is set up at a temporary desk in the raw, drafty and still-undeveloped space, confirmed the mission of Ace Museum,  to increase the visibility of contemporary art in the greater LA area.  With a goal to offer “dynamic programs…for all audiences to participate, relate to, and interpret multi-layered art contexts” it sounds like ACE could make this spot a vibrant, innovative corner of our neighborhood. Hopefully, the museum will also incorporate music and events, as the Ace Gallery on LaBrea (in the Wilshire Tower, on Wilshire between Burnside and Dunsmuir) does with their Ace Gallery Chamber Music Series.

Work is underway to frame-in and finish interior walls, add an expansive glass window face along the LaBrea frontage, create office and gallery space on the 2nd floor, and build an open air gallery space on the rooftop. The first exhibition will be “In Pursuit of Curation: Art and Architecture” December 12-30, 2011, a collaboration between Ace Museum and the Southern California Institute of Architecture,  followed by an exhibition of artist Matt Hope‘s work in the spring of 2012.

The site’s wide expansive spaces and giant interior vehicular ramps could allow for some pretty exciting exhibitions in a novel, inventive space – right here in the neighborhood. Stay tuned for more news as the project unfolds.





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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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