Katie Rex explores LA Art Week’s city-wide impact

19th March 2024, 1:53 pm


photo: Champ Daniels


Document’s new Editor of Arts and Lifestyle highlights the standout projects from the west coast event


In the five years since it’s kicked off, LA Art Week has evolved into a sprawling citywide festival defined not only by the big-player fairs like Frieze and Felix, but also by the dozens of pop-ups, project spaces, performances, panel discussions, and, of course, cocktail hours. To get a glimpse into the mise-en-scène, Document sent its new Editor of Arts and Lifestyle Katie Rex to the west coast to uncover the unexpected in the normally laid-back city.

Art Week in Los Angeles adds an auxiliary pulse through the city’s usual terminally relaxed ambiance. Activities had visitors racking up abysmally long ride-share receipts heading from Frieze in Santa Monica, to gallery walk-throughs in Melrose Hill in Hollywood, to intimate community oriented venues in Silverlake. With an inconceivable amount of pop-up galleries, cocktail hours, panel discussions, and performances, these 10 moments stood out.


An Afternoon at TOM House

Tom of Finland Foundation
27th February 2024

Nestled in the hills of Echo Park is TOM House: Tom of Finland Foundation’s headquarters is a Queer pilgrimage, housing artists-in-residence, an impressive library, communal spaces, and heaps of history whose energy is felt throughout the space. Opening Art Week, ToFF hosted an intimate afternoon that included readings by friends Justin Torres (National Book Award, Fiction, 2023) and Brontez Purnell (Lambda Literary Award, Gay Fiction, 2022), a cocktail social hosted in Pleasure Park, and tours of the House lead by a string of docents along with the Foundation’s Creative Director, Richard Villani. As to be expected from an organization rooted in community, guests snacked on pretzels from the kitchen cabinet and gathered in the dining room for discourse regarding a framed pair of soiled gold Dior briefs signed “Ross, 06-06-06.”



Published: 19th March 2024

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