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A mobile app gives up-to-date info on L.A.'s far-flung art scene

August 02, 2013|By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
  • A new app could make it easier for art lovers to find their way to galleries and museums around Los Angeles.
A new app could make it easier for art lovers to find their way to galleries… (Al Seib )

Mobility might be endangered in Los Angeles, traffic being what it is, but a mobile app for smartphones to find one's way around the city's far-flung art scene is still an excellent idea. Artists Jody Zellen and Brian C. Moss had it, and their self-described labor of love, called “What's On Los Angeles,” is now available.

Well-organized, the design of the visual art-listing site is clean and simple to use. It's divided into "Galleries" and "Institutions," with handy sections on weekly exhibition openings and imminent closures. The basic information tells what shows can be seen, plus where and when. Phone numbers and websites are supplied.

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Perhaps the most useful feature is the section dubbed "Areas," since one typically wants to see a number of shows in a given neighborhood. Galleries and museums are organized north to south and east to west by general region -- Santa Monica/Westside, for example, plus Hollywood/East, Midtown and six more. Each area has a link to a map.

As for parking when you get to your destination -- well, you're on your own.

Go to www.whatsonlosangeles.com to get started, and check “About this site” for general information first.

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