"I Was a Botox Junkie" in the Arts District

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

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

Wiebke Schuster

In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

“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.

"La Calavera Don Quijote" at the Fowler Museum

Latin American Masterpieces at Los Angeles Museums

08/25/2014

Wiebke Schuster

Los Angeles has a rich Latino heritage, and the city’s vibrant Latino communities continue to influence and make lasting contributions its culture. It comes as no surprise that L.A.’s world-famous museums are teeming with outstanding artworks by Latin American masters. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces of Latin American art at Los Angeles museums.

Exterior of the Museum of Latin American Art

Discover the Museum of Latin American Art

08/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) remains the only cultural institution in the country that is dedicated exclusively to presenting masterpieces by modern and contemporary Latin American artists.

Ten Masterpieces You Wouldn't Expect to Find in Los Angeles

04/07/2014

Discover Los Angeles

For those seeking masterpieces of art, Los Angeles is a must-see destination filled with cultural treasures from around the world. Many of these iconic works are unexpectedly in Los Angeles, from Van Gogh’s Irises and Diego Rivera’s Flower Day to The Thinker and The Blue Boy.

Feb. 13-22: SKYLINE 2014

02/13/2014

Discover Los Angeles

SKYLINE 2014 is a free architecture and art event that showcases experimental and interactive installations that embrace LA's ever-evolving cultural landscape. SKYLINE takes place in Downtown LA from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Love Hurts: Heartache, Jealousy, Sadness & Tragedy at LACMA

02/11/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Artists have depicted everything from love and lust to heartache, jealousy, sadness, and tragedy. The following works of art are all currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)in Gallery 305 on the third floor of the Ahmanson Building.

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