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The Santa Monica Museum of Art is moving to the Arts District

The re-named Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles will be located at 1717 East 7th Street

May 09, 2016 10:30AM

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An exhibit at the SMMoA (credit: SMMoA)

An exhibit at the SMMoA (credit: SMMoA)

Putting some more “art” in the Arts District, the Santa Monica Museum of Art will be moving to Downtown L.A., the institution announced Friday.

The museum’s new 12,700-square-foot space, a former garment manufacturing facility at 1717 East Seventh Street, is nearly 2,000 square feet bigger than its former home in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station, the L.A. Times reported. Architectural firm wHY is designing the new museum, to open in spring 2017.

The new museum, renamed the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will include 7,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as an “experimental kitchen-cafe” and a store.

Museum Executive Director Elsa Longhauser told the Times that the downtown move is part of a larger shift in L.A.’s cultural center.

“A burgeoning epicenter of artistic and cultural energy has recently emerged in downtown Los Angeles,” she said. “ICA LA is thrilled to be part of this seismic shift.”

Office vacancy in Greater Downtown, a submarket that includes the Arts District, was among the lowest in the county last quarter, The Real Deal reported last month. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen