"On the Road" at the American Hotel

Discover Los Angeles Street Art Car Free

09/10/2014

Discover Los Angeles

From its origins in the 1960s, street art has become an established worldwide art movement. Los Angeles artists were among the pioneers of this art form, and today L.A. has thousands of street murals depicting life via artistic styles that can range from classical to modern, and impressionistic to punk and hip-hop. Few areas of L.A. provide a more condensed collection of the best in local street art than the Arts District, located on the eastern edge of Downtown. Car Free L.A. enthusiast and BlacklistLA founder, Erik Valiente, offers an itinerary of his favorite street art gems in Downtown L.A. that can be explored without a car.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Walking or Biking
Total Distance: 52.7 miles. Distance Walking or Biking: 2.7 miles

“Pope of Broadway” by Eloy Torrez

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Murals

09/02/2014

Ron Dollete

Murals are a city's urban canvas, expressing the history, concerns and aspirations of a community. Though they are susceptible to weather, vandalism and decay, murals are also freely visible and open for all to enjoy. For generations, Los Angeles has been renowned as one of the world’s great mural capitals. Latino artists and their culture are an integral part of the city’s mural heritage. You can travel between multicultural neighborhoods and view murals as if they’re on display in the wings of a vast, concrete museum. Here are ten exemplary pieces to discover throughout L.A.

Downtown L.A. Art Walk: An Explosion of Urban Culture

10/17/2012

Discover Los Angeles

On the second Thursday of every month, something strange happens in Downtown L.A. It starts in the morning, when owners of L.A. art galleries begin to hustle around making last-minute preparations — adjusting lighting, getting a lineup of drinks ready, choosing music. Come nightfall, the historic core of Downtown L.A. comes alive with remarkable energy.

Los Angeles Art Walks

10/12/2012

Discover Los Angeles

From Downtown's burgeoning art scene to Venice's longstanding funkiness to San Pedro's eclectic collections near Los Angeles Harbor, local art walks give both locals and visitors an opportunity to get the true flavor of a community, not to mention a much-needed art fix.

First Fridays at Abbot Kinney Boulevard: Welcome to the Neighborhood

10/12/2012

Discover Los Angeles

There’s no better way to check out the art (and the shopping) on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, located in the heart of Venice, than stopping by on the first Friday of every month. The event starts around 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The neighborhood merchants come together to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music. And, of course, beverages are available. 

Metro Public Art in Los Angeles: Art of the Purple Line

09/14/2012

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles Metro’s public art showcases the city’s roots, providing visitors with an easy way to learn about various aspects of LA’s personality. Movies, culture, myth and architecture all appear in the public art works of L.A. Metro’s Purple Line, which runs from Union Station to Wilshire and Western. Take some time to explore, and see how public art in L.A. adds another dimension to the city’s art scene.