The 6th Street Bridge, officially titled the Sixth Street Viaduct, is the subject matter of a multi-media group art show opening at Art Share L.A. on Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 7-10pm. Ode to 6th Street Bridge is on view free of charge to the public during 1-6pm starting Wednesday, September 9 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 7-10pm. Co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, the exhibition features over 70 renditions by more than 45 local artists of the iconic, historic architecture slated for demolition over the coming months (and to be later replaced by a reimagined new structure). Situated in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Art Share L.A. is located at 801 E. 4th Pl., 90013. The Ode to the Bridge exhibition marks the 24th art show presented at Art Share L.A. under the leadership of Executive Director Cheyanne Sauter. Since January 2014, these two dozen shows have supported over 75 Los Angeles artists with the nonprofit’s art sales of more than 150 works.
One of the most recognized and photographed structures in Los Angeles, the 6th Street Bridge has been the setting for dozens of commercials, TV and film shoots. Built in 1932, it is the longest viaduct crossing the Los Angeles River, connecting Boyle Heights to the city’s urban center. Although the landmark is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an unfortunate error made during its construction became apparent after 20 years, when a type of cement-eating disease known as Alkali-Silica Reaction began causing cracks in the concrete, thus compromising the integrity of the structure.
“It is important that we memorialize the beauty and history of this iconic bridge,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar. “This exhibit allows us to recognize the history and importance of the 6th Street Bridge to the residents of Boyle Heights, the Arts District and all of L.A. While we are sad to see this iconic structure go, we look forward to the design and function of the new Sixth Street Viaduct, which promises to create its own substantial legacy.”
“We hope that the Ode to the Bridge show offers a raucous dirge and a fitting send off for this beloved icon of the City of L.A.,” said exhibit co-curator Tanner Blackman. “Through paintings, photos, video installations, and more, the exhibition presents artists’ reflections on the 83-year-old bridge and its place in our shared experience of Downtown and Boyle Heights.”
Exhibit co-curator Dale Youngman added, “I am thrilled at the number of submissions we received, as it shows just how much it also means to the artists living in the shadow of the bridge. Some of the participating artists live and work in the Arts District, including Tom Garner, Jim Stern, Fred Hoerr, and Qathryn Brehm.”
GALLERY HOURS: WED 9/9 thru SAT 9/19 @ 1-6pm
OPENING RECEPTION: FRI 9/11@ 7-10pm
CLOSING RECEPTION: SAT 9/19 @ 7-10pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: WED 9/16 @ 7-9pm
Celebrating the future of the bridge, this panel discussion invites those working on the replacement viaduct to reflect on the new structure’s potential impact on these important, historic communities. Panelists include Tim Williams, Managing Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture; Victor J. Martinez, Vice President, HNTB; Glenn Kaino, conceptual artist designing art installations; and others.
ABOUT ART SHARE L.A.: The Arts District is the fastest growing area in Los Angeles with real estate prices increasing and new developments springing up every day. Founded in 1999, Art Share L.A.’s 16-year history allows the creative arts center to be in a position to engage the new community while connecting them to the history of this area. Its mission is to support artists by providing a creative environment to reside, develop, perform and exhibit their works. Further, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit. To learn more, visit www.ArtShareLA.org
SHOW INFO & IMAGES: Contact Dale Youngman via email or phone at (213) 458-3735.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Melissa Richardson Banks – Diane Behrens – Daniel Bernstein – Kevin Break – Qathryn Brehm – Bruce Cockerill – Diane Pirie Cockerill – David P. Cooke – Toby Corbett – Jean Christophe Dick – Kessia Embry – Margery Epstein – Teresa Flowers – Dwora Fried – Fernando Galvez – Carole Garland – Tom Garner – Patrick Haemmerlein – Teale Hatheway – Fred Hoerr – Mark Indig – Tom Lamb – Tod Lychkoff – Rick Mendoza – Ted Meyer – Andre Miripolsky – Suzi Moon – Harry Nickelson – David Palmer – Francisco Palomares – Svetlana Penrose – Osceola Refetoff – Richard Reiner – Michelle Robinson – Rick Robinson – Alex Schaefer – Roderick Smith – Carol Cirillo Stanley – Jim Stern – Lisa Talbot – Sean Sepehr Talebi – Maureen Van Leeuwen Haldeman – Richard Willson – Michael Wisnieux – Jerico Woggon and others