May 7, 2018

Three more galleries in Boyle Heights will be leaving the controversial Los Angeles neighborhood.

Chimento Contemporary announced last week that it will be departing Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles neighborhood where local groups have mounted a fervent campaign to push out galleries they argue will spur on gentrification and drive up rent for working-class residents. Hyperallergic reported that Chimento, which will close June 16, was one of the galleries targeted for a boycott by the groups Defend Boyle Heights and the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement, but the space’s owner said she was leaving for other reasons. “I needed a storefront I could afford,” Eva Chimento told Hyperallergic. “I also don’t live downtown or anywhere near there, so it was difficult to get in and out. I wanted to do it a bit smarter this time.” Two other galleries in the contested neighborhood—UTA Artist Space, and Museum as Retail Space—will close or relocate.