A session on experimental music and massage and reenactments of Garfield comic strips are not what you expect from a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But these were some of the more than 50 performances, workshops and installations staged last month during a one-day takeover of LACMA by Machine Project, an art space on Alvarado Street. The storefront space and its founder, Mark Allen, were featured in a Sunday New York Times piece on Machine Project’s emergence as a leader in the city’s alternative arts scene. Allen notes Machine Project’s changing role:
What’s next for Echo Park’s Machine Project?
“We are in some sort of transition from being an art venue to being a collective that works like a theater troupe. It’s like we have this home theater that produces plays there, but we are also developing this ability to take shows on the road.”