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Laura Owens’s Art Nonprofit 356 Mission, a Target of Anti-Gentrification Protests, Will Close

The nonprofit Los Angeles arts space 356 Mission—founded by artist Laura Owens, bookstore owner Wendy Yao, and gallerist Gavin Brown—will close its doors this spring, according to an announcement released by the gallery today.

“It was a labor of love, with finite resources, and never intended to last forever,” read the short statement from Owens and Yao. “For both personal and practical reasons, we have decided that 356 Mission is no longer sustainable, but we will continue to support open access to arts programming and the health of existing local economies.”

In its five-year run, 356 Mission hosted hundreds of events and more than 50 exhibitions. However, many know it better as a target of anti-gentrification groups from the surrounding Boyle Heights neighborhood. Activist coalitions such as Defend Boyle Heights and the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement have repeatedly demanded that the venue leave the neighborhood. Some protesters even followed Owens to New York to demonstrate during her retrospective at the Whitney.

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