Inside the World of Brookfield: The Summer of Art & Music

Brookfield Properties owns best-in-class office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hotel assets. Their worldwide locations are in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, London, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. As leading owners, operators and investors in commercial assets, including a recent purchase of the California Market Center in the Fashion District for an estimated $440million, Brookfield is the largest landlord of commercial Real Estate in Downtown Los Angeles. They hold the most office space of any other real estate company but real estate is not their only pursuit.

The cultural arm of the company, Arts Brookfield has also been on a mission. They are carrying out the unique vision of reciprocating back into the community through arts and culture.

In Downtown Los Angeles Brookfield’s prominent properties are 777 Tower, Bank of America Plaza, Ernst & Young Plaza, FIGat7th, Figueroa at Wilshire, The Gas Company Tower, Wells Fargo Center North Tower & Wells Fargo Center South Tower.

Arts Brookfield has transformed each of these urban spaces with concerts, theater, dance to film screenings and art exhibitions.

Arts Brookfield, is a global initiative, bringing exciting, world-class cultural experiences to public places presenting visual and performing arts events and world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across their global locations. Through these events, Arts Brookfield gives back directly to the communities they populate.

The DTLA community will find exciting arts and cultural events showcasing artists and musicians of stature in the heart of the financial district. All events are free and open to the public. Here is a look at the upcoming cultural happenings this summer.

MUSIC

Compliment an afternoon cup of coffee with Acoustic Caffeine. The monthly music series features live performances from local professional musicians who are a part of larger city-wide music organizations. Invigorate your day with warm coffee and inspiring sounds.

Acoustic Caffeine is located at the Gas Company Tower on first Wednesdays through November with The Colburn School.  Figueroa at Wilshire on third Wednesdays through November with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Also, Kaleidoscope Trio performs August 2 and Duo Deloro, September 6

Figueroa at Wilshire is a landmark structure in downtown’s core. The tower features a dramatic 75′ atria and a signature glass crown, establishing a bold architectural presence in the skyline.

The Gas Company Tower is an award-winning, Class A architectural landmark on the Los Angeles skyline. With its glass fins at street level and boat shape in the upper bank, the 52-story glass tower stands out. It is a beacon of modernism among the neighboring historic buildings.

For those seeking something different, perhaps improvisation, experience Angel City Jazz at the Farmers Market. Spend lunchtime with fresh foods and fresh music second and fourth Friday’s at Bank of America Plaza, April through October. Angel City Jazz nonprofit partners with Arts Brookfield to program this series. The plaza will feature The Vinny Golia Ensemble, June 9 and Miller Wrenn Group, June 23.

The Bank of America Plaza remains one of DTLA’s most prestigious addresses with its Certified Green Garage, EV charging stations, and self-service bike room. The weekly farmers’ market, the formal garden with over 200 trees and three 42-foot waterfalls and curated art exhibits make this a perfect location to relax for a mid-day pause.  

Imagine attending a live concert featuring up-and-coming musicians curated by famed KCRW DJ, Anthony Valadez. This is City Beats where R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appeal to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans. Valadez opens this highly popular series followed by the City Beats headliner on the outdoor stage between North Tower and the Atrium.

City Beats with Anthony Valadez happens at Wells Fargo Center on first and third Wednesdays through June. Be sure not to miss headlining acts Very Be Careful, June 7, and Ethio Cali, June 21.

Wells Fargo Center – North Tower is one of two Class A buildings connected by an elegant, three-story glass enclosed atrium. The atrium showcases one of the most significant sculpture collections in Southern California amidst fountains, retail shops, and restaurants.

FIGat7th offers a unique, oasis-like shopping and dining environment, with massive appeal for everyone.

The FIGat7th Downtown Festival is a much-loved event returning to LA’s premier shopping and dining destination every Friday in August.

The outdoor plaza is transformed into an intimate concert venue for six consecutive Friday nights with performances by leading pop, rock, jazz, soul and alternative artists. Past festivals have featured The Internet, Anderson Paak, KING, Superhumanoids, Jose James, and The Belle Brigade.

ART

Animal Soul with Jason Hackenwerth

For the Animal Soul installation, Arts Brookfield has commissioned Hackenwerth to create three large-scale, internally lit, inflated sculptures based on his famous balloon designs. These sculptures tower over the viewer at 20 to 30 feet high. They will be on view for nine days in downtown LA this summer.

Hackenwerth transforms common materials, such as the latex balloon, into unusual forms with predetermined color patterns. He creates sculptures resembling animals, insects, aliens, or other colorful creations of your imagination. His works have exhibited internationally at a number of famous institutions and fairs including the Guggenheim, Scotland Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Venice Biennale, and Art Basel, Miami.

Opening July 14 there will be a happy hour and DJ in FIGat7th Courtyard from 4-8 pm followed by Quiet Clubbing 6-10 pm. Dance among the large-scale, internally lit sculptures of Hackenwerths’ latest installation. Hackenwerth will be featured at FIG at 7th July 14 – 22 and at Wells Fargo Center July 14 – 22.

Park People with Nathan Sawaya

Wells Fargo Center, September

For one month this summer, Arts Brookfield presents Park People. Artist Nathan Sawaya’s series finds inspiration from the simple idea of just ‘taking a seat’. Life-like monochromatic figures made of LEGOS are secured to park benches similar to the look and style of those in Central Park, New York. The figures are based structurally on the artist’s own body and are set in different, sometimes meditative, poses.

The playful and “juvenile” medium of LEGOS coupled with the painstakingly complicated task of sculpting using such a rigid and inflexible material elevates these accessible objects to fine art.

FILM

Downtown gains a new silent film – live music experience in UnSilent Cinema with Rum & Humble.

FIGat7th, September 28 and 29

Silent film masterpieces pair with modern scores stimulating your visual and auditory senses. Several of these pieces are world premieres featuring live performances by their composers: electronic musicians Daedelus, Jimmy Tamborello, Callie, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with guitar masters Alvin Youngblood Hart and Marc Ribot.

A bridge from the early 20th century to today, UnSilent Cinema connects outstanding vintage films with contemporary music culture. The series hails from the New York Guitar Festival’s Silent Films/Live Guitars series. The event has commissioned outstanding musicians to compose and perform scores to accompany classic and poignant silent films since 2004.

All of these Brookfield Properties, including the 777 Tower and Ernst & Young Plaza, have recognition for ecological features. The eco-friendly features include LEED Platinum Certified, multiple BOMA Awards, Energy Star rated and Green Parking Council Demonstrator Site.

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Melina Paris

Melina Paris is a Southern California based writer. She blends her passion for writing and connecting people to their local community into pieces centered on cultural events, social justice, the arts, and food. As a music lover, Melina enjoys covering various genres but it’s Jazz that really captures her heart. Melina enjoys live music immensely and feels especially fortunate to have the opportunity to interview musicians while they are doing what they love. Melina strives to illuminate special qualities of the artists she profiles that their fans might not otherwise know about.