August & September 2017 - Links are live! Still Under Construction: Project blurbs, photo credits, & images will continue to be updated!
ALMLA: Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles celebrates the history of artist-tenants in the neighborhood that bears our name before our presence is fully erased due to displacement and evictions. Mounted at ALMLA is a retrospective of 16 years worth of 40 artists’ work that have lived or worked in one of the last remaining Artist-in-Residence units of the “Arts District" that is still occupied by long-time artist-tenants. Unfortunately, the day after two articles were published, Eviction Papers were filed by the landlord, and ALMLA was Served on September 20th. We hope to visualize our situation in an attempt to affect housing justice policy throughout our city. Please follow @mmichaelparkerr and @theALMLA on Instagramv to keep abreast of the latest. We welcome appointments, school visits and are working to make as many public hours as possible.
Join us 4pm-9pm on Saturday, September 30th for ALMLA and 800Traction: We are both long time artists in the Arts District now being Evicted. We will open our studios & our homes. At ALMLA view artworks by 40 artists who have lived or worked in this single unit for the past 16 years. At 800 Traction, there will be two panels, a show of artwork mounted by friends, students and supporters of the 800 Traction artists. And as we’ve dug deeper into the complexity of real estate deals and tenancy we keep having these little frights, so we’ve decided to screen Chinatown. Hope you can make it!
ALMLA is located at: 454 Seaton Street #1, LA, CA, 90013
800 Traction is located at: 800 Traction Ave, LA, CA, 90013
ALMLA and 800 Traction will be featured in the 5th episode of 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' a new podcast from KCRW and WNYC Studios.
ALMLA has open hours from 12-3pm. Join us! Text 310-seven-five-three-77-four-zero when you are at entrance to 454 Seaton Street.
ALMLA hosted its first college visit: Pomona College’s Senior/Junior art majors.
LA Weekly: At the Artists' Loft Museum, Longtime Arts District Residents Are Refusing to Be Erased. Read Here (No comment from landlord)
HYPERALLERGIC: In Los Angeles, Artists Open a Museum to Resist Displacement. Read Here (No comment from landlord)
ALMLA invited to organize a panel at Common Field, the 350+ Arts Organization National Conference taking place in Little Tokyo on Nov 4th.
Eviction papers were filed at LA Courthouse. (without our knowledge)
Eviction papers were stamped and mailed by the LA County Court (without our knowledge)
Artist talk to discuss ALMLA at CSU Long Beach’s 300+ student course was confirmed for October 24th. Hope you can join!
ART FORUM Published a news story. Read Here
ARTNET NEWs published a news brief. Read Here
ALMLA hosts its second university class visit: Curating Architecture & the Urban at TU Berlin organized by Jia Gu and Rosario Talevi with urban planning and architecture graduate students from Germany.
DURING the meeting EVICTION PAPERS WERE SERVED. The graduate students videoed and photographed this step of Eviction.
Eviction papers were initiated the day after articles were published.
The ALMLA’s opening is on August 31, 2017 5pm-10pm. We have a 49 person Max-Occupancy at a time. Please be patient if there is a line.
As the DTLA Arts District has become well known across the city, country and beyond, there is little that artist-tenants can do to remain in the neighborhood and the traditional artists’ live/work loft has become a relic from a former time. While an opportunity to see “how real artists live and work,” the ALMLA is fundamentally a project about tenants’ rights and the politics and policies of eviction and involuntary displacement. Without artists able to live or work in the “Arts District,” the name of the neighborhood will need to change to reflect these new glass towers and metal-clad boxes. Whether it will become the Luxury District, Silicon Lofts, or something else remains to be seen, but regardless of the moniker, it cannot and will not have the same draw to the cultural workers who have called this slice of DTLA home for decades.
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Stand with 800 Traction Ave
Located in what used to be part of Little Tokyo, the 800 Traction Ave artist loft building has been sold and the tenants are facing eviction. These longtime community artists and residents, including senior Japanese and Japanese Americans who have lived in the building for 34 years, are considered to be cultural assets to the Little Tokyo community. They have no where else to go. As a part of Little Tokyo and Japanese Americans' continued fight against displacement—from the WWII incarceration camps to displacement in the 1970s and 80s redevelopment to the current gentrification of downtown—we are asking:
What is an “Arts District” without artists? What would Little Tokyo be without Japanese Americans? Support the artists of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. No evictions!
On August 31, from 5pm-10pm, the Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles (@theALMLA), located at 454 Seaton Street #1, near Alameda and Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, opens its doors to the public for a free viewing of installation-works, paintings, photographs, sculpture, performance ephemera and video by 35 artists who have called this place homebase over the past 16 years. This building, first used by artists starting in the late 1970s, was one of the earliest legally zoned Artist-in-Residence spaces in DTLA, but now most of the artists have been involuntarily displaced due to crippling rent increases.
The ALMLA is hosting this exhibition as a means to bring attention to the plight of artist-tenants who currently reside in or who have resided in this building and neighborhood. Confirmed artists in the exhibition include many of the ALMLA’s 16 years worth of studiomates and houseguests: Anna Astrand, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Morgan Beeby, Mitsuko Brooks, Carson Davis Brown, Nicole Capps, Jim Drain, Alyse Emdur, Remi Emdur, Aaron Freeman, Butchy Fuego, Rochele Gomez, Christina Guerrero Harmon, Vi Ha, Mark Hadyn, Robby Herbst, Lewis Hurrell, Jeff King, Matthew Koons, Joel Kyack, Nick Lobo, Becca Lofchie, Lukas Marxt, Rich Morris, Michael Parker, Jennifer Rainsford, Carlos Reyes, Beau Rice, Samantha Roth, Erin Schneider, Lior Shamriz, Alina Skrzeszewska, Vanja Smiljanic, Jason Smilovic, Julian Smith-Newman, George Stone, Leo Trebels, Steven Vargas, Rosten Woo, Tori Wraanes.
Consequently, in response to the forces of development-gone-wild and to the larger struggles for affordable housing policy throughout Los Angeles, the ALMLA is working to positively impact housing rights by standing up and speaking out, leveraging our own privilege to create a space, a voice and aid the movements of artists, cultural workers, and all affected communities who have been displaced and continue to be displaced as neighborhoods are destabilized through rampant, unchecked development and landlords cashing in on the city’s unprecedented growth.
Article from the LA Weekly quoting ALMLA’s anti-development stance, January 3, 2017, “There Goes the Neighborhood: is a Futuristic New Development the End of the Arts District As We Know It?”
The ALMLA, 2016
© Michael Parker 2017