Art Meets Architecture is pleased to present "Look Up - The Art of Architecture in

Downtown Los Angeles Part lll: Images From the Present, Voices From the Past" an exhibition of photographs by ​​​Anthony Caldwell.

The population of Los Angeles exploded in the early 20th century from just over 11,000 in 1890 to 1.2 million in 1930. Many of Los Angeles 's most iconic buildings were built between 1900-1930, transforming the city from a small, dusty town to a major metropolitan area rivaling other major world cities. Los Angeles became a city of innovation and imagination. Among the buildings in this exhibition are LA's first "real" skyscraper, the first escalator on the west coast, revolutionary construction techniques and some of the nation's best examples of color terra cotta cladding.

The downtown area suffered a decline from the mid-to -latter part of the 20th century. Residents, business and entertainment moved out of the city core. Buildings were abandoned and mainly left vacant. In recent years, downtown Los Angeles and the Historic Core have seen a great reawakening.

Using newspaper articles of the time, Images From the Present, Voices From the Past relates the stories these once -forgotten architectural masterpieces tell us about the people, ideas, and passions that built Los Angeles. Through the lens of Anthony Caldwell, you can explore these alluring images and stories.


As part of the monthly Downtown Art Walk, a reception will be held

on Thursday, August 8th from 6-8 pm in the gallery of the Fine Arts Building at 811 W. 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Join us for Live Jazz by Granville "Danny" Young 

& tasty flavors from local Brazilian favorite, Wood Spoon.
The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions of the Historic Core, including the Fine Arts Building. More info at:


"Images From the Present, Voices From the Past" - An Exhibition of Photography by Anthony Caldwell 


Opening Reception: Thursday, August 8th 6-8pm (Downtown Art Walk)

Artist Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 17th, 6-8pm (Fine Arts Building Gallery)


The Fine Arts Building - Historic Cultural Monument
811 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90017
Gallery Hours: 8am-8pm daily 


Art Meets Architecture         


Anthony Caldwell's artist sensibilities originate from a profound passion for architecture and architectural history. As a child, he accompanied his father, artist Francis Caldwell, to the old shipyards and dilapidated structures of Los Angeles that inspired his paintings. Caldwell was fascinated by the remnants of once viable establishments reduced to historic reminders of a time long past. From these outings, Caldwell discovered stories buried within the brick and mortar of each edifice. His early appreciation of structural design led him to earn a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Currently, he manages the Scholarly Innovation Lab (SIL) at UCLA and serves on the board of IAA USA (International Association of Art).
Caldwell captures vibrant changes of light as shadows become elongated and dramatic. Buildings appear mysterious and stoic, emblazoned with color and palpable energy, bringing subtle details to life. He forged an impressive career, spanning over 20 years, as a design and technology consultant for architectural firms in Los Angeles. As a photographer, he explores structures with the eye of both an artist and an architect.

Art Meets Architecture presents 21st Century art in extraordinary architectural settings. The Fine Arts Building is an architectural treasure, built in 1926 by Walker & Eisen in Romanesque Revival style. The interior opens to a two-story lobby that hosts monthly art exhibitions.