One Good Life in Los Angeles

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and The Pho Shop

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is a new art gallery that recently opened in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles, close to Little Tokyo. Two friends and I rode the Expo Line from Culver City to the Red Line, then walked a mile from the Grand Park/Civic Center station. We met up with another friend who drove.

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The building was a former flour mill. The architects left some of the old building showing off its industrial roots. I am always excited to see an older building repurposed rather than torn down.

The current exhibit is Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.

We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the galleries. This is always disappointing to me. But if you click on this link you will see some of the artwork in the main gallery.

The pieces on the right hand wall (if you clicked on the aforementioned link) are by Lee Bontecou, an artist I very much admire. In 2003 I visited her exhibit at the Hammer Museum in Westwood with my friend TL. Neither of us had heard of her before but we were both in awe of the work we saw. I bought the catalog of the exhibit and still look at it from time to time.

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When I saw Bontecou’s artwork at this gallery it brought back poignant memories. My friend TL passed away last year. I felt her presence very strongly walking with me through the exhibit. I wanted to turn to her and ask her for her perspective on this display. We always enjoyed going to art shows together. She had very definite opinions which I appreciated!

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The photo above is the freight elevator and the previous photo is of a stairway.

The exhibit itself, in several galleries throughout the complex, was very enjoyable. Darn it, I wish I could have taken photos… very annoying!

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But the building is an artwork in itself. Just love this sliding door… well, I imagine it was a sliding door. Look at all the textures and patterns.

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And who knows what was going on here…

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This is the courtyard. There are tables on both sides with succulents in planters.

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In the summer a restaurant is supposed to be opening.

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In another area next to the courtyard are some murals. The first one incorporates the iconic rose. You will find roses depicted throughout Los Angeles in hispanic art. I’ve never been able to discover a definitive meaning but I believe it symbolizes or has something to do with the Virgin Mary (Queen of the Angels, or la Reina de Los Angeles). Somebody enlighten me if I am wrong!

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Frontage of the building, a nice drought tolerant cactus garden.

It was way past lunch time and on the walk in we had passed a newish shopping center in Little Tokyo so we went to investigate.

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We walked past most of the Japanese shops but I will have to go back on my own to investigate.

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The well-stocked Japanese supermarket.

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Got rice???????

The Pho Shop

We decided to eat lunch at The Pho Shop, a Vietnamese restaurant. I ordered the shrimp salad with sliced and grated vegetables and rice noodles. The jug at the top held a rice vinegar dressing. I ate every scrap on the plate. I want to go back and order this same lunch again.

On the way back to the train station we decided to walk through Grand Park. They were setting up for a concert or festival that night. Downtown LA is a happening place!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

20 thoughts on “Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and The Pho Shop

  1. That lunch salad looks delicious! And they got that rice thing right at the supermarket 😳

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  2. You sure covered a lot of territory, Roslyn. I’m happy you had a nice meal to end the tour. Thanks for sharing your photos…I love the cactus garden.

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  3. I like the idea of not bringing the old buildings down, rather re-purpose them. Btw, I was in LA few days back on a vacation 🙂

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  4. Always enjoy your photographic adventures. When I clicked on the link you provided, and then clicked on the photo at the top of their page, it took me to a page that listed some of the individual art installations, so I was able to view about 30 of them, so thanks for including the link. Much appreciated.

    That lunch dish does look like it would have been delicious. Nice way to round out the day. Gorgeous photos, as always. 🙂

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  5. I enjoyed the tour, Roslyn, What a pity you couldn’t photograph some of the artworks, they look really fascinating. Love the lunch photo. It looks really edible. 🙂

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    • It’s really hit and miss with art galleries/museums whether or not they allow photography… but I guess it has to do with the individual artists’ copyrights.

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  6. A lovely post, even without being able to photograph the galleries. I clicked on the link though, and found that interesting too. A good variety of photos from you, as usual.

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  7. What a beautiful, re-purposed building. I agree that it is wonderful when they re-purpose a building rather than tear it down. So much more character than whatever would replace it.

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  8. It looks sooo appetising!! 🙂

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