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Mark Boulos, Antigone, 2014. PHOTO: Courtesy Mark Boulos.
Firstenberg at the new LAXArt space, slated to open in early 2015. PHOTO: Sharon Suh.

The Art Whisperer

by C California Style

LAXART is not your average gallery…

and has never been contained to four white walls. As director and curator Lauri Firstenberg takes the seminal concept into its 10th year, she’s doing so with a move to Hollywood. The new space, an iconic recording studio, is filled with creative energy (everyone from Louis Armstrong to Jimi Hendrix made music here). “We were looking for a hub for our experimental exhibition programs, discursive programs, performance series and public art initiatives,” she says. The latest is an initiative called The Occasional, a platform for staging newly commissioned work across Los Angeles. Mark Boulos’ film Antigone and The Gates of Damascus (which is on display at the Culver City location this month) is the first project realized, with artists David Hartt, Nira Pereg and Tavares Strachan next in line. laxart.org.

Written by Melissa Goldstein.