The A+D Architecture and Design Museum is one of the latest museum/gallery/mixed-use-spaces to open up shop in the Arts District (most recently the area became the home of behemoth Swiss gallery Hauser Wirth and Schimmel), and tonight, it will host a welcome reception for its latest exhibition in the newish space.
The exhibition, appropriately titled COME IN! DTLA, showcases the work of 18 artists from all across the creative spectrum: sculptors, photographers, architects, graphic designers, and even a shoe designer. All are L.A.-based, and all were hand-picked by curator Danielle Rago, who also co-curated last year’s inaugural exhibition titled Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles. COME IN! is meant to champion the gallery’s surrounding neighborhood as well as the artists who call it home.
Prior to moving into the Arts District, the A+D Museum was located on Miracle Mile across the street from LACMA. It was one of a handful of buildings slotted for demolition as plans for the Purple Line extension got underway. After COME IN!, the museum will put up an historical show on the Desert Modern architect William Cody. Past exhibitions have included a show dedicated to graffiti art and an examination of urban design and landscapes in Los Angeles.
The A+D’s new location is a 7,000-square-foot space on 4th Street and Coylton in a single-story brick building.