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Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)[edit]

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) is a non-profit artist-run archive and non-circulating library located in Chinatown, Los Angeles where contemporary creative processes are recorded and preserved.


Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) was founded in 2013 by Artist, Hailey Loman and Board Director of Human Resources, Eric Kim.[1][2][3] LACA grew out of frequent collaborations with Human Resources Los Angeles and their investment in the study and dissemination of materials documenting contemporary art production. [4] At the archive, artists work closely with archivists to generate descriptive meta-data into the database, determining, and contextualizing their materials and knowledge in their own terms. [5] From 2013-2016, the archive was located in a complex in Vernon, California, shared with François Ghebaly Gallery and Fahrenheit by the FLAX Foundation.[6][7][8] In 2016, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive moved to Chinatown, Los Angeles, sharing space with Contemporary Art Group in Asian Center Plaza[9]. The organization is comprised of rotating archivists and artists, developing projects and public programming to expand and challenge the archive's role in the arts and various disciplines.


Los Angeles Contemporary Archive's mission is to offer a comprehensive view into artistic activity happening today. [10] Unlike most traditional archives that document a selective past, LACA's collection emphasizes the contemporary moment. In keeping with this ethos, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive only acquires materials produced around or after its founding in 2013. [11] The collection emphasizes art from Los Angeles, though it is not limited to the region as an acknowledgement towards Los Angeles’ increasing international engagement with artist networks. [12]


The Archive houses and catalogues art-related objects, with a special focus on underexposed artistic modes of expression and ephemeral materials. This includes studio and performance ephemera, artists’ writings, audio-visual recordings, digital media files and institutional archives of artist-run spaces. [13] Some collections include Villa Aurora's Residency Archive, [14] KCHUNG Radio's Archive, The Mountain School Library, the John Burtle Collection, the Michael Ned Holte Collection, Human Resources Gallery Archive, Metro PCS Gallery Archive, Actual Size Gallery Archive, and the Main Museum Archives. Smaller collections consist of materials by Artists Young Joon Kwak, Patricia Fernández Carcedo, Scott Benzel, Kelman Duran[15], Chestnut Lodge, Puppies Puppies, and Laurel Doody Gallery.

Public Programming[edit]

LACA challenges established concepts of the archive and art space. [16] LACA’s programming includes exhibitions, artist talks, performances, lectures, and readings that emphasize the archiving of materials from marginalized communities as well as support open dialogue about race, class, sex and gender. [17][18] While in the Vernon location LACA featured the works of artists William E. Jones, Mariah Garnett, [19][20] Naoki Sutter-Shudo[21], Kang Seung Lee [22] and Peggy Awash. US Editor of Flash Art Magazine, Eli Diner[23] curated a two year retrospective at LACA and a mini symposium was held by the Getty Research Institute featuring talks by Glen Philips, Pietro Rigolo, and Doris Chon on the occasion of the Harald Szeemann Archives coming to the GRI, and Launch of Melissa Huddleston's exhibition at LACA.[24][25]

Currently in Chinatown LACA has hosted solo exhibitions by Ignacio Perez, Nick Flessa[26], Matthew Lax[27][28], and Susanna Battin[29][30][31]. LACA began the conversation series, Common Ground, that brought together artists and activists with seemingly disparate disciplines and backgrounds in and outside of the arts. This was an invitation to expand upon research similarities, find shared meaning, and enter into “common ground.” [32]

Seasonal residencies[edit]

have occurred at LACA where artist's are encouraged to incorporate materials from the archive into their work. This has included Dexter Sinister and the Serving Library, Shelter Press, and Artist Matilda Tjäder and Colpa Press.


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  3. ^ "Third Time's a Charm". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  4. ^ December 14; Night, 2017 · in Last (2017-12-14). "Chinatown Hopscotch". Artillery Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
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  10. ^ "A Visit to the Los Angeles Art Book Fair". Document Journal. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  11. ^ "Terremoto | The Recorder Was Left On, Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning". Terremoto. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
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  23. ^ "Eli Diner | Flash Art". flash---art.com. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  24. ^ Src='http://Www.gravatar.com/Avatar/D41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e?s=80, <img Class='guest_author_avatar Avatar' Style='width:20px;height:20px'; d=mm; Wagley, r=g'/>Catherine (2016-05-11). "An Artist Puts a Dark Spin on "Jack and the Beanstalk"". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  25. ^ "Artist Melissa Huddleston Examines The Relationship of Art To Beauty (Products)". Mandatory. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  26. ^ "An Artist Carefully Catalogues His Late Mother's Possessions". Hyperallergic. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
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  28. ^ "Three Artists' Techno-futurist Dystopias :: AEQAI". Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  29. ^ "Los Angeles Contemporary Archive". MAIDEN LA. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  30. ^ "Los Angeles Contemporary Archive – un-pub-lished". un-pub-lished.com. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
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  32. ^ "Rethinking How We Talk About Queer Spaces and Movements". Hyperallergic. 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-07-16.

External Links[edit]

Official website

KCHUNG Radio Website Category:Visual arts Category:Archive

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)[edit]