Art+Artifacts Exhibition at the old City jail in Lincoln Heights continues this weekend
Been to jail recently? The old City jail in Lincoln Heights, that is! Staged in a courtroom, the Gray Bar Gallery hosts Art + Artifacts = a celebration of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) artists + Bilingual Foundation of the Artï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s (BFA) 40th Anniversary.
Built on the banks of the Los Angeles River in 1931, at its peak it crammed about 2,800 inmates at a time. Affectingly known as the Gray Bar Motel by its inmates, it housed the likes of Al Capone (who spent the night after a tax evasion arrest), Zoot Suit rioters in ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½43 and Watts rioters in ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½65, before it was decommissioned in 1965. The site has played a lockup on the big screen for movies such as "Con Air" and "L.A. Confidential."
This exhibition aims to provide additional exhibition opportunities for local artists, draw residents to a location few of us have been in, and to link the communities of Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights to the NELA Art Walk and the Arroyo Arts Collectiveï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s Annual Discovery Tour.
Friday & Saturday 6-11pm
Exhibition closes October 13th!
Gray Bar Gallery @ BFA
421 N. Avenue 19
LA CA 90031