Willem-Alexander

ICA LA Rising: The City’s Newest Art Institution Has a Social Agenda

Design LA

Last month, a few blocks from Skid Row in downtown L.A., the city’s newest public art space opened: The Institute of Contemporary Art. The location is strategic, since the ICA LA’s director, Elsa Longhauser, intends it to be a site of political and social activism as much as a venue for showing art. While ICA LA joins the ranks of other nonprofit institutions mushrooming across the revitalized downtown district—including the Mistake Room and the beta version of the nascent Main Museum—ICA LA wants to define its mission as being distinctly its own. “We have an important program that’s different from a collector’s museum or a collecting museum or a smaller organization,” says Longhauser....

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