The Box strives to create a diverse art program. The program includes artists of all generations, many of whom have had little or no formal recognition by the art world at large. The majority of these artists have been overlooked in Los Angeles’ recent history and we believe that these artists not only deserve to be shown, the viewers of Los Angeles also deserve to see this work.
We work to create a program that balances historical artists with those who of a younger generation. By exhibiting artists of both generations that gallery serves to explore different perspectives of art. The younger generation provides forward thinking exhibitions while the older generation provides us with a sense of where we are all coming from. As a space we enjoy working with and collaborating with living artists, creating unique opportunities for both the gallery and the artists to explore new territory of curation and artist/gallery relations.
As part of the program at The Box we strive to create a unique environment that encourages viewers to discuss the work they see. For many of the exhibitions the gallery hosts events that encourage further public discussion, contemplation and social action. Some of these events include: video and film screenings, panel discussions, open forum discussions, lectures and performances. In many cases these events create a casual social space that allows for vibrant, engaging conversations.
The Box has had many socio-political exhibitions such as War Room, an exhibition of Wally Hedrick’s poignant political paintings including his three-dimensional painting, War Room. Another exhibition with a socio-political mission was Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum. This exhibition involved working with LA Poverty Department to pay respect to the historical and present-day heroes of Los Angeles’ infamous Skid Row.
We are interested in working with artists who think in an unconventional way about the gallery space and the materials that they use. Because of this The Box works with artists who make art in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, dance, video, film, performance art and musical performances. The gallery believes that by broadening the scope of art shown in the space viewers are encouraged to think about art more liberally. And to this respect all of the artists we show are not young they range in age and a few of them are no longer alive. The Box’s program explores thoughtful artwork that encourages the gallery viewers to explore their own boundaries.