Highland Park art space in the making

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].”


  1. Love this idea! How can local artists get involved? I live right around the corner.

  2. I’d like to point out that a mere half-mile east of Lauren’s new venture – indeed, on the very same street (Avenue 50) and with a very similar name (Avenue 50 Studio) – stands the non-profit community art gallery, also a storefront, that jump-started the contemporary arts movement in Northeast L.A.: Avenue 50 Studio.

    When Kathy Gallegos founded Avenue 50 Studio a decade ago, there were no art galleries in the neighborhood; and when the gallery incorporated as a 501 c-3 non-profit a few years later, it was to facilitate the gallery’s mission of exhibiting works that deserve to be seen, free of commercial imperatives, often created by artists outside the commercial gallery mainstream.

    I am proud and pleased to be a Board member of Avenue 50 Studio, and on behalf of our Board and our Gallery we welcome Lauren and her project to our community.

  3. So close to where I grew up. This is awesome.

  4. Congrats on the space, Lauren!

  5. Hey! I’m a three minute walk to that corner and can’t wait til you open!! I’ve been seeing work done on the place but had no idea what it was going to be. I’m very excited!! How will I know about your grand opening?

  6. Hey Lauren…this sounds amazing! i live on ave 54 right off york…cant wait to check it out!!

  7. There is also a gallery on Figueroa St. near Ave. 59. All three galleries promote new forms.

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