ABOUT US

“Ultimately, I want to change the way people view art, the way people buy art, the way they make art. I’ve always tried to balance the tight rope of making my art accessible to those who are aware of the craft, and those who aren’t convinced of art or more specifically my artistic objective. I believe that concealing too much in theory is problematic and that art can function in every day life. I strive for an artistic legacy that not only transcends blackness but confluences and impacts all cultures.”

—Noah Davis, Co-Founder

The Underground Museum

Purple Garden Collage by Noah Davis, 2014.

OUR MISSION

To ensure that no one has to travel outside the neighborhood to see world-class art, or learn from leading thinkers, educators, chefs, and artists.

OUR STORY

Founded by artists Noah and Karon Davis in 2012, The Underground Museum (The UM) is an arts and culture center operating out of four converted storefronts in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. We bring art experiences traditionally reserved for major institutions to diverse audiences for free. We believe that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society and that increasing access to art will inspire, educate, and transform lives.

The UM is a cultural hub that ensures no one has to travel outside the neighborhood to see world-class art, or learn from leading thinkers, educators, chefs, and artists. With the help of countless collaborators, we have brought art, culture, and wellness directly to our neighborhood while also amplifying the importance of local Black leadership on a global scale. Since our founding, we have exhibited or worked with cultural luminaries such as Angela Davis, Arthur Jafa, Barry Jenkins, Catherine Opie, Deana Lawson, EJ Hill, Fred Moten, Hans Haacke, Jason Moran, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Patrisse Cullors, and others. In addition to our artistic program, we offer free yoga and meditation classes to our neighbors, as well as fresh food distribution and events for adults, kids, and families in our space and garden.

TEAM

Cristina Pacheco, VP/COO

Dexsy Repuyan, Graphic Designer

Erica Brown, Administrative Assistant

Justen Leroy, Public Engagement Lead

Kameron McDowell, Bookstore Manager

Maeve Chamberlain, Development & Operations Manager

Zora Kidron, Programs & Operations Manager

CONTACT US

3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90018
(323) 989-9925

For press inquiries, please contact press@theunderground-museum.org.

Kindly direct all other inquiries to info@theunderground.museum.

Artists! We love you, but do not accept unsolicited submissions.