Wilshire Curve, 2016. Photo: Guillermo Perez.

One Hundred Years of MacArthur Park: Young Artists Consider a Los Angeles Neighborhood

Jun. 20, 2020Sep. 7, 2020
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

After first visiting the city in the 1890s, Henry E. Huntington became arguably one of the most important urban planners Los Angeles has ever had. His wealth and business acumen led him to set into motion the development of Southern California, a region he loved. The growth of the city contributed to the emergence of new, complex neighborhoods that, while rich in history, are today in transition, with yet-to-be-determined futures. Once a naturally occurring lake and wetland that was used as a city dump, the area now known as MacArthur Park is one of those neighborhoods. Today the MacArthur Park area is one of the most densely populated in the city, with most residents young and Latinx. A part of The Huntington's Centennial Celebration, "One Hundred Years of MacArthur Park" features more than 25 new works made by young artists affiliated with Art Division, a nonprofit organization located near the park that is dedicated to training and supporting local youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Seventeen artists created paintings, photographs, drawings, and works of mixed media relating to the history and evolution of the park.

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