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Arts & Museums
Downey History Center is an educational center that provides a wealth of historical information, preservation, education and research. Whether you are just curious about Downey's history or are a serious scholar, you will find everything you need. Resources include Downey newspapers dating from 1888, photographs dating from 1870, books and periodicals about Downey, Los Angeles County, California and more. There is also a lot of information on Downey's namesake, Governor John Gately Downey. Call ahead for varying days.
What began as a display of personal art collection belonging to noted art collector/ actor Vincent Price, has blossomed into a full-fledged, multi-story museum with more than 9000 pieces of artworks in its possession. Owned by the East Los Angeles Community College, the museum houses these artworks at its third floor permanent gallery, each of which reflect various cultures from across the world. These includes work on paper, canvas, as well as three-dimensional artworks collected over four decades. Apart from the permanent collection, the museum also hosts contemporary art exhibitions as well as various cultural events throughout the year. A must visit attraction for the admirers of art, visit their website to know more.
Self Help Graphics & Art is a community visual arts center that was started by a small group of artists working out of a garage in East Los Angeles in the 70s. Its goal was to create art that showcased the cultural heart of the Los Angeles Chicano community. The community embraced this idea and many more artists got involved over the years. It has achieved national recognition for its contribution to Chicano art and cultural awareness. Artists can use the printmaking facilities and there are community outreach programs to draw more people into the world of arts. The on-site Galeria Otra Vez presents local artists to the community. There's also a shop selling prints, artwork and crafts.
The Hathaway Ranch Museum is home to several tools and equipments that were used for farming in ranching back in the 1930's. The large display of tools also includes drilling and mining equipment, that started to be used once oil was found in the region. The Museum is still owned and managed by the Hathaway family, and is an impressive exhibit of the mining history of Los Angeles County. There is also a machine shop within the premises, that displays a range of antique machine tools that ran on flat belts. The property also consists of a Spanish-Mediterranean-style ranch house, where members of the Hathaway family resided.
This art gallery attracts the city's boho crowd like moths to a flame. Avant garde works by both celebrated and emerging artists are presented in temporary exhibitions, where you can expect to make artsy conversation over the clink of long-stemmed glasses. Past shows have included pieces by the likes of Pat DeWitt, Cali DeWitt, and Anton Richard. Contact the gallery director, Ford Allen, to fix up a visiting time (hours are by appointment only). One thing is for sure - there's always something of interest happening at FLUXCO!
This gallery showcases the work of a number of well-known contemporary artists from around the world. There is a particular emphasis on those working with mixographia, a medium that the Rembas themselves invented more than 25 years ago. The medium is a special printing method, which gives handmade paper a textured, three-dimensional quality. Artists include Karel Appel, John Baldessari, Jonathan Borofsky, Frank Romero, George Segal and many others. A recent exhibition showcased the tempera and watercolor works of Paul Paiement. Admission is free.
Political scientist, diplomat, academic and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Ralph J. Bunche was many things, and there is much that people would like to learn about him. The Ralph Bunche Peace & Heritage Center, which also happens to be his boyhood home, has been established with the purpose of satisfying such curiosity, as well as spreading the message of peace and harmony. The house museum and community center is home to memorabilia from his life, and also features oral history displays.
Located on Central Avenue is the newly restored African American Firefighters Museum. Because of segregation laws, African-Americans were required to work in separate fire stations and Fire Station No. 30 was one of the two in Los Angeles where African Americans were allowed to work in the early part of the 20th century. Today the first station is a museum that is home to exhibits depicting the lives and experiences of African Americans who have fought fires in Los Angeles from 1897 to the present day. Admission is free.
This is one of the most successful all-around art institutions in the Los Angeles area. Established in 1971, founder Jean Milant has kept this gallery's focus on the development and exposure of emerging California artists. One of the institution's more recent ventures is Cirrus & Company, which produces functional art in the form of plates, note cards, scarves and other similar items. It also offers a bookstore, as well as collection management services and institutional rental programs.
Serving as both a community center and an arts complex, this building contains spaces for art shows, theater and education. The shows here are packed with the works of young artists and are presented on a grand scale, with hundreds of new works on display monthly. The courses offered here, which are all non-profit, include yoga, drawing, dance and sculpture. The galleries are fully accessible, but call ahead for disabled access at other times. Admission is free.
Witness the best moments in human life vividly captured in the lens by famous artists. Candiec Jean, Cody Comrie and Kube are some of the brilliant artists who have showcased their exhibitions at The R&R Gallery. This art haven is definitely a must-visit for connoisseurs.
This gallery presents both contemporary and traditional art by Japanese and Japanese-American artists. There are few boundaries as to what is exhibited here. One show for instance, focused on the designs of local architects as seen in models, drawings and plans. Another recent show displayed pieces from the impressive permanent collection, which explored the WWII relocation camp at Manzanar. The gallery is housed inside the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.