Working in the Arts District has its advantages (well, duh). How many people can pop over to a brand new "international gallery" like Hauser Wirth + Schimmel during their lunch break? Last Wednesday, we did just that. Armed with genuine curiosity and some mildly fancy cameras, Alisa, Clarisa, Kate, Noah and our awesome intern Olivia headed over. The block has made quite a transformation: from a building we always wondered if was abandoned (or a former embassy?) to a clean, classy, cacti-surrounded artistic oasis. Gone is the overgrowth, gone are the unfriendly pointed gates and probably-fake CCTV cameras. In its place is a shining example of repurposing and excitement.
The space houses several galleries. Inside, the stark white walls highlight the newly polished, cracking tiles and concrete flooring. Skylights give you the feeling that you've entered an artistic heaven, set on slight overexposure. There are outdoor eating and gathering areas, food trucks, a bookstore, and a soon-to-be restaurant—and plenty of succulents.
While it felt like we could have stayed all day, our quick trip was a welcome taste of what's to come to the space. We checked out the current exhibition, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, as well as some of the other smaller galleries sprinkled across the campus. Definitely take a look their events calendar and stop by! Don't worry—sometimes the Black Top trailer is there if you need a coffee fix, or maybe the Pirozhki truck.