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356 Mission, the non-profit artists’ space founded by Laura Owens and Wendy Yao, will close its doors next month. The last show is VICTOR ROSAS – ARTIFICIAL MASK, opening Friday night.

From the statement by Owens and Yao:

“After more than five years of public programming, 356 Mission’s final exhibitions are Alake Shilling’s MONSOON LAGOON, and an installation by Victor Rosas. Ooga Booga’s location at this address will close, but its original store in Chinatown will remain open.

356 Mission was an experiment in showing art and sharing space. We collaborated with over a thousand individuals and groups, hosted events and programs that were free and open to all, and worked to produce an alternative to the conventional gallery system in order to support and realize the visions of a wide range of artists. It was a labor of love, with finite resources, and never intended to last forever. We still believe that art can make a difference, that art spaces are vital to the cultural empowerment of all people, and that artists can be allies of vulnerable communities.

“Some took issue with our impact on the neighborhood – although we don’t agree with their perspective, we respected it, and attempted to bridge that divide while working toward proactive solutions to the best of our abilities. For both personal and practical reasons, we have decided that 356 Mission is no longer sustainable, but we will continue to support open access to arts programming and the health of existing local economies. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way, and look forward to continuing to engage the incredible communities of people who came through these doors.”*


VICTOR ROSAS – ARTIFICIAL MASK, opens Friday, April 20. Through May 13.


356 MISSION, 356 South Mission Road, Los Angeles.



See: hyperallergic.com/356-mission-closing-reactions/


Above: Artwork by Alake Shilling.

Below: The last opening flyer. Image credit: 356 Mission.




Join OOGA BOOGA and 356 Mission tonight, September 2, for the NO SESSO Fall/Winter 2017-18 runway show, and the unveiling of a special NO SESSO installation in Twooga Booga. Free, everyone welcome.

NO SESSO FASHION SHOW, Saturday, September 2, at 7 pm.

356 and TWOOGA BOOGA are both at 356 South Mission Road, Los Angeles.



From the No Sesso New York Summer 2017 Capsule collection. Image credit: No Sesso.

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The third volume of SUR—an annual arts and culture journal out of Mexico City—takes a look at “the life and work of writer and architectural critic Esther McCoy (1904–1989)….In 1945, the writer and her husband [left Los Angeles and] took up residence in the city of Cuernavaca for eight months, during which they found an interest in popular crafts and pre-Columbian architecture. Yet little has been written and researched about McCoy’s relationship with Mexico. SUR 3 takes as its starting point the connections between McCoy and Mexico: moments from her personal life, her political and artistic acquaintances, her writings while in Mexico, and the relationships the writer started with some of the most emblematic figures of modern Mexican history.”*

(Included in the issue: BLESS N°56 Worker’s Delight and N°57 Daycation Lookbook; concept and graphic design by Studio Manuel Raeder; photography by Ludger Paffrath and Bert Houbrechts, BLESS.)

SUR, Volume 3, ESTHER McCOY: THE MEXICAN YEARS is available at:

OOGA BOOGA, 943 North Broadway, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

OOGA TWOOGA, 356 South Mission Road, Los Angeles.

Also see:

PIECING TOGETHER LOS ANGELES: AN ESTHER McCOY READER, Susan Morgan, ed. (Los Angeles: East of Borneo, 2012).



Image courtesy Ooga Booga.


WEEKLY WRAP UP | JUNE 24-27, 2014

Chuckwallah lizard in Joshua Tree National Park (photo by Erica Magrey)

Chuckwallah lizard in Joshua Tree National Park (photo by Erica Magrey)

This Week on the PARIS-LA Blog!

MONDAY: Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra

TUESDAY: Jodorowsky‘s new film The Dance of Reality

WEDNESDAY: Artists’ Books & Cookies 2 at Ooga Twooga

THURSDAY: Don’t miss Friday Flights at The Getty this summer!

FRIDAY: Vasquez Rocks!

Chuckwallah lizard in Joshua Tree National Park (photo by Erica Magrey)

Chuckwallah lizard in Joshua Tree National Park (photo by Erica Magrey)



Artists’ books and cookies! Two of my favorite things! Unfortunately I will be in New York City this weekend and will miss this great event in Los Angeles. Check out the details below.

Fundación Alumnos47ForYourArt & Ooga Booga present 
Artists’ Books & Cookies 
June 28-29, 2014 
Ooga Twooga/356 S. Mission Rd. 

Please join us for a two-day presentation of artists’ books and cookies! Artists’ Books and Cookies presents a mosaic of independent artist book publishing and hand-made artists’ books constructed with special attention to unusual techniques and materials. In its third iteration, Artists’ Books and Cookies has drawn contributions from individuals living in Los Angeles, across the country and around the world. For information on previous iterations: Artists’ Books & Cookies and Artists’ Books & Cookies 2

Saturday, June 28 
11am-6pm open for viewing 
12pm discussion presented by Alumnos47 
2pm Art Book Review presents: Nikki Darling, Brian Kennon and Monica Majoli on artists’ books  
4pm John Tain in conversation with special guest 

Sunday, June 29 
11am-6pm open for viewing 
11am-1pm mimosa social
4pm-6pm zine swap
Bring your zines to share and trade! This informal gathering encourages our creative community to swap ideas, techniques and, of course, zines. 

Cookies from Sqirl 
All programming for Artists’ Books and Cookies is free and open to the public.