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CONTEXT – Los Angeles Freeways


Love it or hate it — or both — the freeway system is an integral part of LA’s identity and has inspired creative responses from the paintings by Frank Romero, David Boteo and Carlos Almaraz through Catherine Opie’s photographs to the opening scene of the movie La La Land. This Wednesday the architecture firm Gensler will host a conversation about the freeway as artistic inspiration, featuring director and video artists Adam R. Levine and Peter Bo Rappmund — makers of Communion Los Angeles, a documentary about LA’s oldest freeway — and urban historian and author Eric R. Avila, who has written extensively about the artists who turned the freeway interchange that destroyed Boyle Heights into a subject for art. KCRW is co-host of this event, and DnA’s Frances Anderton will moderate. Check out DnA’s report on the future of freeways, here.