For those of us not familiar with LA's Crenshaw area, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not art. However with the opening of her art gallery, Papillion, Michelle Joan Papillion reminds us why Leimert Park, just off Crenshaw Boulevard, is also known as "the Black Greenwich Village." Decades removed from South LA's culturally-rich boom in the 1970s, the area is feeling the momentum of restoration and gentrification.
Papillion tells Vogue,
This is likely why her gallery is housed in the same building once occupied by Brockman Gallery - opened by Dale and Alonzo Davis in 1967. Although the renewed interest in the Leimert Park area is good for community revitalization, some are concerned that Blacks will be pushed out of the area. Socal Connected explores the past, present and future of the area in the video below:
Only time will tell how the future of Leimert Park will shape up, however I'm onboard with Papillion's vision. If you're out in LA, be sure to stop by her gallery for a visit.