Episode #18: Peeling Back The Layers of The Arts District

Tune in to Episode Eighteen of the Esotouric podcast as we sit down with two artists about their site-specific artwork in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. Photographer Irving Greines has spent the past ten years documenting the layers and transformations of the poster-covered east wall of the American Hotel. And Carlton Davis was the curator and creator of the seminal 1980s drive-in gallery The Art Dock, located on a loading dock of the endangered 1888 Pickle Works Building. We’ll also have a discussion of the court ruling shuttering the Arts District Business Improvement District, the poorly-understood rules governing BID creation, concerns about the privatization of public space and the community’s creative response to the urban challenge of a BID disbanded. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of May 20th, 2013.

PHOTO CREDIT: Irving Greines

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Private security patrols pull out of downtown Arts District.

New York City’s primer on how and if to start a BID (PDF file).

Irving Greines’ Urban Wilderness exhibition, and the specific Soho image mentioned in the podcast.

Carlton Davis’ Art Dock website, and his book.

Los Angeles Conservancy background on preserving the Pickle Works.