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

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.

HISTORY

2011

Keven Davis, a prominent attorney to artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, pursued a passion for helping others realize their dreams. Before his death that year he planted the seed in his sons, Noah and Kahlil, to create a space where young artists and entrepreneurs could connect and inspire others.

2012–14

3508-3512 Washington Blvd. lay vacant for 8 years before Noah committed to the vision and began construction, transforming four storefronts into The Underground Museum. Noah invested a half million dollars in the construction, development, and operations over a 3 year period.

2015

Thirty exhibitions and countless events later, The Underground Museum’s mission of bringing museum-quality art to an underserved community is realized. In August, The UM commenced their partnership with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

OUR STORY

Founded by artist Noah Davis in 2012, The Underground Museum is an arts and culture center operating out of four converted storefronts in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Since 2014, the museum has established a community space 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 black leadership on a global scale. Since our founding, we have 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.

“Never accept mediocrity.”

— Keven Davis, Chief of Inspiration

TEAM

STAFF

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

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.org.

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