‘She Could Have Been a Cowboy’ by Anja Niemi
Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s really never enough places for the cognoscenti to, um, rub shoulders (and perhaps a few other body parts) – to the degree that even the English are exporting their private members clubs to Los Angeles. And one we’ve had our sights on for awhile will at last open its doors March 27th in the splashy former Redbury Hotel space on Vine.
Founded in London’s Covent Garden in 2004 by the late philanthropist / Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Eurhythmics’ Dave Stewart, h Club was conceived specifically as a gathering place for artists and assorted creative types. The new Hollywood outpost (by HKS Architects) features a quite fabulous rooftop, intimate performance space, inviting work areas, and even chicly styled bedrooms. It’s actually far more inspirational wonderland than it is merely another industry schmooze-a-rama.
But aside from all the club perks one could possibly hope for (onsite fitness facilities, parlors, bars, a member restaurant, and a screening room), denizens will also be immersed in art. Indeed, the h Club LA art program boasts well-curated works from some rather high-profile artists, like Lisa Anne Auerbach, Megan Whitmarsh, and Anja Niemi.
h Club Los Angeles Rooftop
“It’s our visual love letter to the city,” says Ali Hillman, the club’s L.A. art curator. “We have travelled far and wide, visiting artists in their studios, listening to their ideas and insights about their practice. Those selected represent the pulse and heartbeat within these four walls.”
Local collaboration is already well underway. Next door to the club’s Vine Street location is the illustrious Capitol Records, who generously donated some newfound photos from its archives to h Club’s new gallery. The images depict the youth culture of the sixties, with nods to the famed L.S.D. album by none other than acid-dropping guru Timothy Leary, as well as Allen Ginsberg and other psychedelic luminaries.
The artworks will be scattered throughout, from the hallways to more extensive exhibits on the 5th and 6th floors. Inspiration, incidentally, is included in the membership fee.
‘Folded’ by Tahnee Lonsdale