A different kind of Classical Revival

The Farmers & Merchants Bank has been downtown on the corner of Fourth and Main since 1905. It was built in the Classical Revival style, which means it has faux-Corinthian columns outside and cavernous ceilings and a high balcony just for show inside -- the garish chandeliers probably came later. The bank has been an events venue since the 1980s; the event there now is "Painting in Place," an expansive show organized by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND). Olga Koumoundouros painted a thick rainbow directly on walls and windows, while on Britton Tolliver's canvas, gridded teal squares that resemble poolside tiles overlay more unruly swells of color. Alexandra Grant has installed neon letters in a corner next to a mirror, so that the neon, which reads "I See Myself in You," reflects back at itself. 401 S. Main St., dwntwn.; through July 31. nomadicdivision.org.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 22. Continues through July 31, 2013

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Farmers & Merchants Bank

401 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013


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