Graphic artist and teacher Lauren Mackler arrived in Los Angeles only in January, taking up residence at the back of an Avenue 50 storefront in Highland Park. In the front of the brick building, Mackler is opening what she calls Public Fiction – The Avenue 50 Museum at the corner of Avenue 50 and Aldama Street. The plan is to hold group exhibits, music performances and other events. The first exhibit won’t open until the end of September but the public will get a chance to peek into the space tonight during a zine making workshop followed by a musical performance on Monday night.
“I moved to LA with the aim to start this small museum,” said the 28-year-old Mackler. “I’m calling it a museum because I see it as service – not a commercial endeavor. The art shows will be group shows on a theme – up for 3 months and not for sale. Within the installed work I’ll be holding events, talks, screenings, dinner parties and music shows.”
And, like many museums, Public Fiction will eventually include a cafe and bookstore in the corner storefront. Click on the link below to read more about upcoming shows.
“In LA I have become interested in the shape-shifting nature of the city’s urban landscape – therefore each show I’ll be holding is going to be a fictional commercial space: The first show is going to be a record store but with a play on words between ‘records’ and ‘archives’. The installations and small works will play on the notion of collecting, archiving, recording and documenting. Some of the works are fluxus-style kits, others are field recordings and videos. The artists involved are from NY, LA and some coming from the [Midwest].”