Category: Downtown LA

DIRECTOR FOR NEW MUSEUM.In planning a new contemporary art and…


In planning a new contemporary art and design museum, Tom Gilmore, a pioneer of real estate development in Downtown Los Angeles, has been focused on the architecture, commissioning futuristic — some say fantastic — building plans. Now, he’s turning to the art; he just hired as his museum director, Allison Agsten, curator of public engagement at the Hammer Museum. “We are especially interested in L.A. artists and finding new ways to support them,” Ms. Agsten said. It has not been determined whether the Old Bank District Museum, as it is unofficially known with a nod to its historic neighborhood, which is now packed with lofts and restaurants, will be a collecting institution or a kunsthalle, a flexible exhibition space. Plans by the architect Tom Wiscombe, under review at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, show the project will span three existing structures Downtown on South Main Street. The idea is to preserve and reuse original bank vaults and pneumatic tubes from a 1905 neo-Classical-style building, while carving out new spaces.

At the Hammer, Ms. Agsten worked with artists on projects that didn’t fit the traditional exhibition models or galleries, from “microconcerts” in a cloakroom by Machine Project to Mark Bradford’s new community center in Leimert Park. Now, she said, “I cannot wait to let artists loose in the bank vaults.”

Mr. Gilmore, who is chairman of the board at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, nearby, estimated construction could run to $50 million and take four to five years. JORI FINKEL

Like Yesterday

It’s been a joy working with the Company of Angels Playwrights Group.  It was a nice transition from Lodestone to CoA and a natural fit… I’ll always remember Lodestone with fondness, but I really hate Burbank and it’s nice to collaborate with a theatre company based in Downtown… Actually, CoA is right across the street […]

Art Battle LA Trailer

Art Battle LA In anticipation of an online streaming release, here is the new trailer for Art Battle LA, written/produced by Nic Cha Kim and directed/edited by Eric Heights.

LA Express Park

LA Express Park LOS ANGELES, CA – On May 21, 2012, Nic Cha Kim participated in the LA Express Park video featuring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A project of LADOT, LA Express Park is a new Downtown street parking strategy using veri-message signs, wireless sensors, pay stations, smart meters, and smartphone apps.

Art, Entertainment & Social Change at UCLA

LOS ANGELES – Nic Cha Kim, Founder/President of Gallery Row Organization, will be guest-speaking at UCLA on Nov 21, 2011. Recommended by Downtown Art Walk board member, Qathryn Brehm, Nic will discuss the emergence of Gallery Row and the Downtown Art Walk at an honors class called Art, Entertainment, & Social Change taught by Terri […]

Tragedy on Gallery Row

Last night, a terrible tragedy occurred on the streets of Gallery Row during the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk.  A mere one block north of where Niche.LA is located, this accident hits terribly close to home.  From what I understand off reports from BlogDowntown and LAist, a baby was killed when a car jumped a […]

Gallery Row featured on NBC

Gallery Row is featured on NBC 5 Years of Walking for Art “It’s like 10,000 people loving, absorbing, and creating art” click pic to view video

Niche.LA presents DT

Niche.LA Video Art presents DT digital photography by Dave Bullock and Charlie Cho curated by Nic Cha Kim LOS ANGELES, CA – On February 12, 2009, Niche.LA Video Art presents “DT,” a digital photography show by Dave Bullock and Charlie Cho.  “DT” is an exploration of Downtown Los Angeles’ skyline, street culture, and industrial landscape. […]

Niche.LA presents Negative

Niche.LA Video Art presents “Negative” digital photography by Cole Thompson curated by Nic Cha Kim LOS ANGELES, CA – From September 11th – October 25th, 2008, Niche.LA Video Art presents “Negative,” a collection of digital black and white photography by Cole Thompson.    

Niche.LA participates in DigitalArt.LA

Niche.LA Video Art participates in DigitalArt.LA digital international art expo curated by Rex Bruce Rex Bruce and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art present: DigitalArt.LA CLICK TO DOWNLOAD DIGITAL ART LA MAP