Downtown LA is known for its opulent Beaux Arts towers and glitzy Broadway theaters, but not as much for its Modernist legacy. Join artist Danny Heller, architectural historian Alan Hess, and other special guests to visit some of DTLA’s Modern addresses and reflect upon the future of these gems. Starting at the DWP Building, one of downtown’s most famous Modern structures, we’ll wind through the Music Center, Grand Park, and City Hall East, learning about architects and notable public art, and hearing about Heller’s approach to painting these pieces of history. In addition, we’ll visit some Modern structures which are threatened, like the LAPD’s Parker Center, and hear about its complicated legacy.
Afterwards, we’ll head to Far Bar in Little Tokyo for a happy hour experience to help remind us what the neighborhood used to be like before the march of Modernism.
Heller’s paintings will be up at George Billis Gallery on La Cienega as part of the City Modernism II show from April 11 to May 16, so be sure to stop by and see his work!