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Ed Ruscha’s Hollywood Boulevard on Hollywood Boulevard Iconic Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha photographed iconic Los Angeles streets beginning in the 1960s. By mounting a camera to a moving car, Ruscha documented sequential storefronts on the north side of Hollywood Boulevard between McCadden Place and Hudson Avenue, and on the south side of the street between Wilcox Avenue and McCadden Place. The images in the top black and white “filmstrip” show what the Boulevard looked like in 1973, and the bottom one in color documents the same locations in 2002. The building that LACE has occupied since 1994 at 6522 Hollywood Boulevard on the south side appears in this work. LACE was founded in Downtown Los Angeles at 240 S. Broadway and then moved to 1804 Industrial Street before its long-time tenure on Hollywood Blvd. The organization celebrates its 40th Anniversary as the longest-running contemporary artists space in Los Angeles. LACE has been located on Hollywood Boulevard for 24 years and is exhibiting this artwork in its window on Hollywood Boulevard 24 hours a day through the end of 2018. Thanks to Ed Ruscha, and our friends at the Ed Ruscha studio and the Getty Research Institute for this loan. This video is part of Pacific […]
The Archival Impulse: 40 Years at LACE Curated by Matias Viegener with Exhibition Design by Jeff Cain Opening Reception: March 15, 2018, 7-10 PM On view:March 16 – 2018 The Archival Impulse: 40 Years at LACE is a Project Room installation that pulls from material found in LACE’s archive that either highlights or disputes our conceptions of LACE’s history. Accumulated over 40 years, it has no organizing system beyond what LACE staff considered worth saving. It enfolds many stories about the space, less woven than overlaid and amassed. This exhibition is a conversation about our expectations of the archive and the things we expect to find, contrasted against the material that does find its way in. This is particularly poignant in the case of an archive that accumulates rather than is curated over time, yielding space for a kind of counter-curation. Includes video works curated by Anne Bray featuring: Reza Abdoh, Skip Arnold, Fu-Ding Cheng, Jeanne Finley, Doug Henry, Cheng-Sim Lim, Susan Mogul, Eric Saks, Jim Shaw, and more. Archives are always bigger than us, bigger than the image we have of them, more than we can take in. Archives cannot be summarized nor adequately represented. Optimally, archives never end: everything is archivable, though not everything enters the archive, and unexpected and decontextualized things appear regularly. […]