LOS ANGELES, CA.- Michele Maccarone, principle and founder of Maccarone, New York, announced today that the gallery will open its new Los Angeles space on September 19, 2015. Maccarone Los Angeles will occupy a former factory building at 300 South Mission Road, at the corner of 3rd Street in Boyle Heights, along the Los Angeles River in the city’s burgeoning Downtown Arts District. The new 50,000 square foot complex will present a dynamic series of exhibitions and public programs focused upon the gallery’s internationally admired roster of artists, as well as works by related historical figures.
Maccarone Los Angeles opens in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the gallery, which launched in 2001 at the eastern end of Canal Street in Manhattan. In 2007, Maccarone moved to an expansive space at 630 Greenwich Street in the West Village, where its pioneering program has attracted consistent critical praise. In Los Angeles, Maccarone will occupy an industrial building constructed in 1926 and transformed by Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle of the LA architecture and design firm Standard to house gallery spaces of various scales; 15,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition and event space; two working artists’ studios; and an upstairs residence and project space where the gallery plans to explore programs merging art, design, and other disciplines.
“The opening of Maccarone Los Angeles represents a homecoming of sorts for us,” said Michele Maccarone. “We presented exhibitions at MC, a project space in Culver City, between 2005 and 2007, and our relationship with LA has only intensified since then. We work closely with so many museum curators, scholars, and extraordinary collectors in Los Angeles, and we spend a great deal of time on the West Coast. But our decision to open the new space on South Mission Road is ultimately a response to our artists’ increasing engagement with LA, which has become one of the most important cities for contemporary art worldwide. We are opening in the downtown district at a moment of ferment there, and Maccarone looks forward to being a full-time participant.”
Ellen Langan, partner at Maccarone, observed, “Our priority is to provide not just a platform but also an active laboratory for our artists, to offer a place for their processes as much as their finished work. The atmosphere in Los Angeles – and the ability to spread out there – helps us to do this. The facility on South Mission Road will be an
Maccarone to Inaugurate New Space in Downtown L.A.
ideal counterpart to our New York space, giving us a way to materialize the dialogue with Los Angeles that we already enjoy.”
Maccarone also announced it will inaugurate the Los Angeles venue with an ambitious presentation of new works by gallery artist Alex Hubbard. Admired for an enigmatic art that proposes new bridges between performance, painting, and video, Hubbard recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City. Like fellow gallery artist Oscar Tuazon, he occupies one of the studios that are an integral part of 300 South Mission Road.