Downtown LA
The late, great Mike Kelley may have entered our world in the Midwest, but he was truly a child of Los Angeles. Featuring over 200 pieces, the broad, eponymous retrospective of Kelley’s work that’s been touring over the last year finally comes home this week — filling the whole of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with filthy felt beginning tomorrow through July 28. 

Downtown LA

The late, great Mike Kelley may have entered our world in the Midwest, but he was truly a child of Los Angeles. Featuring over 200 pieces, the broad, eponymous retrospective of Kelley’s work that’s been touring over the last year finally comes home this week — filling the whole of the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with filthy felt beginning tomorrow through July 28. 


Downtown LA
The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  

Downtown LA

The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  


Downtown LA
Now playing at LA Chapter.

Downtown LA

Now playing at LA Chapter.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Simon and Lukas. The Haas Brothers. These true LA darlings and dear, new friends evidently didn’t get enough of us while outfitting LA Chapter and our mezzanine bar with smart pencil drawings of deeply-plumbed references to LA’s social history. Here’s some evidence of their enduring and inspirational presence. If you see them, say hello.


Downtown Los Angeles
In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.
Lux perpetua luceat eis.

Downtown Los Angeles

In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.

Lux perpetua luceat eis.


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With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.


Photo by Lauren Coleman


United Artists Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
Truly a memorable night.
Photo by @superstar_gorg.

United Artists Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles

Truly a memorable night.

Photo by @superstar_gorg.


Right now it’s quiet. The only sound an atmospheric hum of anticipation, the final parts coming together as preparation comes to a close and Spiritualized takes the stage to officially reopen this historic theatre. 
Photo by Spencer Lowell.

Right now it’s quiet. The only sound an atmospheric hum of anticipation, the final parts coming together as preparation comes to a close and Spiritualized takes the stage to officially reopen this historic theatre. 

Photo by Spencer Lowell.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Kevin Willis is a journeyman. He’s an admirer of the ‘camp’ in antiquity and seems always to extract the eerie, underlying purpose from a thing where others see only pulp. Kevin is also a closely-kept member of our family and a contributor to Ace culture in ways that outmeasure just his physical work for us.

In the lobby at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles resides his Cathedral of Our Ladyfingers. She’s something of a sentry at the mouth of the Gothic grandeur that lies just beyond, taking IDs, looking like Mother Superior clipped from the celluloid of a Buñuel film. Her making was entirely in the clay-caked hands and mind of Kevin, but the inspiration was divine.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Portland-based Tanner Goods officially opened their second flagship store Saturday. After considering many locations for the project they fell in love with Downtown LA’s rich manufacturing history – something that fits well with their own ‘under one roof’ philosophy. Like the original Portland location, the LA store will embody the geography and personality that surrounds it, reflecting elements of art deco architecture, mid-century modernity and the SoCal sunshine. Their new women’s collection also debuts this year. 

Congrats TG friends! And welcome to the neighborhood, the water’s nice.

Photo of the Ninth and Broadway building and a piece by AK Vintage commissioned for the LA shop.


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