Alternative Spaces: That was Then This is Now

A discussion on the changing cultural and socio-political landscape undergirding the role of alternative art spaces over the past 40 years. 

Presented by LAXART
Saturday June 23, 2018

Hamza Walker, Director LAXART (Renaissance Society, Randolph St. Gallery)
Joy Silverman, curator, former Director LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Bob Smith, Founder/Director LAICA, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
Dorit Cypis, artist, educator, former Director of FAR, Foundation for Art Resources

Since their flourishing in the 1970s, alternative art spaces have had an illustrious history – from the championing of new media and performance, which were outside the purview of commercial galleries, to the role they played in identifying and supporting artists that defined the 1980s, to their reconceptualization by a new generation of artists and curators in the early part of the 21st century. What can we apply to the role of art spaces today from foundational principals and values set by them yesterday?