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ICA LA: A sneak peek inside downtown's new art museum

ICA LA: A sneak peek inside downtown's new art museum

The electric-yellow facade of the soon-to-debut Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has brought a bolt of color — not to mention some action — to an industrial pocket of the downtown Arts District. This afternoon, a crew is digging in the courtyard, filling the air with sand, while museum workers stream in and out of a temporary side entrance.

Inside the former warehouse, a scissor lift cuts through the unfinished lobby, sharp with the smell of fresh paint, while workers configure custom furniture and pry open crates of art.

“Just look at this. Isn’t it wild?” museum Director Elsa Longhauser says, breathy. She languidly spins a quarter turn, taking in the view. “It’s...

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