This past Sunday, the highly anticipated art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its doors to the public for the first time. The massive art complex that spans almost an entire city block bounded by 3rd, Garey, and 2nd Street, not only adds a highly prestigious blue chip gallery to Downtown LA’s Arts District (no doubt a huge win for Los Angeles overall), but also immediately becomes a neighborhood anchor that will grow into a community hub, helping to strengthen the residential and commercial developments that have defined the new very hot Arts District.
When we’re talking massive, we really mean massive here. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has transformed an entire historic flour mill once the headquarters for Globe Mills into a 116,000 square foot art complex with almost 24,000 square feet of combined exhibition space. The sprawling property consists of several disparate structures each built at different times dating back to as early as 1896 into the 1920s. The gallery’s main “face” to the general public now faces 3rd Street and reuses the 1917 historic bank building that was once the former administrative and trading floor during its active flour mill days.
The new gallery launches with multiple artworks on temporary display with 90% actually not for sale (surprisingly) according to the Communications Manager, Erin Connors, which along with the massive size of the gallery, felt to me very much like walking through a contemporary art museum. Stunning sculptures by Isa Genzken, Louise Bourgeois, Ruth Asawa are some examples of renowned female artists who are all part of the inaugural focus on the celebration of women in the art world.
The exhibition spaces — designated by their relative positions as the South, East, and North Gallery — surround a common outdoor courtyard that will be programmed with consistent and various gallery events. Also located in the courtyard, a restaurant called Manuela serving American comfort food will open in the late summer, beckoning not just high-income art collectors to come enjoy LA’s newest blue chip gallery, but also the larger downtown community in search for another cool place to meet for coffee and hang out.
For more info, please visit Hauser Wirth & Schimmel online.