There is a new class of cultural and dining experiences happening regularly now in Los Angeles that started in just the past two years. Several remarkable new contemporary art showcases have opened, causing the New York Artworld press to light upon LA en mass earlier this year as never before with the opening of the behemoth Hauser Wirth& Schimmel and the fabulous new Broad museum. In the restaurant scene LA is drawing the incredibly talented superstar chefs from Two and Three Michelin Star restaurants. In the art world we have gained several tremendous modern and contemporary art venues unlike anything ever seen in the West. These include the phenomenal 116,000 sq. ft. Hauser Wirth and Schimmel (which will have its own restaurant and on), the astonishing new Broad museum, and the remarkable new ICA Los Angeles, which will feature an experimental kitchen, and the tremendous Marciano Art Foundation, which is likely to have 50,000-60,000sq ft. of exhibition space. Both the ICA Los Angeles and the Marciano Art Foundation will open in LA in the Spring of 2017. There are now three art bookstores in the DTLA/Arts District.
Realize that the entire West Side of LA art world has shifted east, and now starts in starts in Westwood, then jumps to Hollywood and Culver City and is most remarkable and new in DTLA and the Arts District, where massive new restaurants have opened.
The culture calendar in LA has never been as robust and had so many different offerings as it does today. It is as if a new, higher tier of Los Angeles has been built atop the existing city, which itself has been radically transformed in the past few years by massive expansion of rapid transit. LA continues to attract world class chefs opening superior sushi restaurants and straight from Japan noodle bars.
In DTLA’s Arts District, there is…
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. It’s a true museum-as-gallery from the extraordinary space to the superb programming that is, like the nearby 356 S. Mission Road and The Mistake Room, a never before seen in LA class of offerings, from free major performing arts and film and video screening events at 356 and the TMS and presentations by world class-curators at TMS to live music and artist and curator talks at HS&W, to the summer Performance Art series at the Broad. MoCA Los Angeles has never seen such competition in its entire history, and even more is coming with the ICA LA also in the DTLA ARTS DISTRICT. These add tremendously to the existing
(this photo: olsonvisual.com)
The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art will open in DTLA.
356 S. Mission Road also has a basement for exhibition.
The Mistake Room debuted with the works of Oscar Murillo. TMR has an international curatorial program and shows works from across the globe.
LA is getting new restaurants from chefs from Portland to New York. It already has had an invasion of ultra-tier international art galleries that are warehouse sized, from Spruth Magers to Maccarone and Venus Over Los Angeles. This adds a new great level of depth and offerings to the already LA artworld powerhouse scene. Up the road the Main Museum of Los Angeles Art will open in downtown Los Angeles, with performance art works already planned for fall 2016.
The upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be next door to LACMA.
In LA we now have major coffee shops from around the US, the best ice cream shops in America are now here too, including Salt & Straw from Portland, and McConnell’s from Santa Barbara.
The formerly dead downtown LA is bursting with development with over 100 projects currently underway, including 15 boutique hotels.
Belcampo butcher shop is now in LA from Marin County.
Australian chef Curtis Stone has opened Gwen, his world class butcher shop and restaurant, in Hollywood.
EATALY debuts at the luxury Westfield Century City, with 70 new stores, in 2017.
Three Michelin Star restaurant Manresa’s Chef de Cuisine for the past 6 years has left to open her own restaurant in LA. This is a world-class coup for Los Angeles’ restaurant scene.
Former Chef de Cusine of Alinea and Executive Chef of Next, both in Chicago, is moving to LA to become part of its major new restaurant revolution.
The Broad Museum exterior and interior.