5 DTLA Art Galleries You Should Explore

Five contemporary DTLA based art galleries that may get overlooked if you don’t know where to go.

One of the great things about art is that it varies in the eye of the beholder. Depending on the viewer, it can make you feel, change your perspective, and just see the world differently through the eyes of the one that created this masterpiece. How often do you visit local art galleries? Do they fall outside of the top four galleries and/or museums established here in the city? The top four galleries and/or museums in my opinion are: MOCA, The Broad, Japanese American National Museum, and now internationally acclaimed Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. All very big, yet there are more art galleries in this city than meets the eye. Often times they’re overlooked unless you know where to go. Reasons why I’ve compiled a list of five DTLA art galleries for you to explore and get lost in. It helps to create awareness. If you’re already well versed, then cookie for you. That means you’re one step ahead of the game. If not, this could turn your next daytime adventure into one visually stimulating art inspired field trip!  

Miracles by Louis Cannizzaro (image courtesy of  @PowderFrench)

  1. REN Gallery

Nestled in the heart of DTLA’s art community, REN Gallery is a leading contemporary gallery that exhibits urban, pop, and geometric abstract art. REN is committed to building unique quality collections for clientele while fostering the careers of artists based in Los Angeles. Want to check them out? Now is the time. Their current exhibition on display is the Fly-By-Wire, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Nicholas Tredway has been extended until the end of August. REN Gallery is located on the inner courtyard of Santee Court Lofts at 716 S. Los Angeles Street,  Unit D, Los Angeles, CA 90014 . They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m., and every 2nd Thursday of the month for  the Downtown Art Walk from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Other Relevant Experience, a solo exhibit by Karen Lofgren (image courtesy of Royale Projects)

2. Royale Projects

Established in 2008, Royale Projects is a contemporary art gallery that’s dedicated to building world-class collections while fostering the growth of new concepts of emerging and mid-career artists working in experimental and alternate mediums. They have an extensive roster of cutting edge artists that specialize in conceptual painting and sculpture. A few names of those they represent are: Phillip K. Smith III, David Allan Peters, Karen Lofgren, Kenneth Capps, plus more. They’re located in Downtown LA Arts District at 432 South Alameda Street (enter on Seaton Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013, and are open Thursday through Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, or by appointment only. Schedule a time to come in by calling: 213.595.5182 or via email at: [email protected]


(image courtesy of MAMA Gallery)

3. MAMA Gallery

When you’re done observing all of the art at Royale Projects, walk down the street and around the corner to MAMA Gallery. MAMA was founded in 2014 by Adarsha Benjamin and Eli Consilvio. Their mission is to nurture and facilitate the progressive vision and ideas of emerging and established artists who work within sculpture, video, performance, painting, photography, video and visual installation. Currently, MAMA Gallery is on summer break but are open by appointment through September 9, 2016. Their next exhibition is Predictable Irrational by Li Zhenwei that will run September 9th to October 23rd. MAMA located at 1242 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 and open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The outside of MAMA Gallery (image courtesy of MAMA Gallery)

4. LosJocos

LosJocos is a contemporary art gallery centrally located in DTLA’s “Row District” in the Arts District. Their gallery focuses on highlighting emerging mid-career artists. Want to see their next exhibit? Then schedule an appointment to come in. They’re located at: 725 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Open by appointment (unless otherwise stated on their website). To schedule a time to come in, please call 213.221.7744 or email [email protected].


Arcylic on Cradled Wood Panel by Cynthia Johnson (image courtesy of LosJocos)

5. Wilding Cran Gallery

 Wilding Cran Gallery is darling gallery located right next door to the American Tea Room off Sante Fe Avenue. They represent a selection of international contemporary artists in Los Angeles and are founded by Anthony Cran and Naomi deLuce Wilding. Although they’re currently closed for installation, don’t let that be a disappointment. Instead, save the date for September 17, 2016 for Karon Davis’s “Pain Management” installation. For future reference, they’re open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 12:00 pm. To 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12;00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Now you know the 411! If you frequent any of these galleries – let me know in the comments below!

Till next time. xo.

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