One man's mistake can be another's masterpiece — and when it comes to contemporary art, not only is beauty in the eye of the subjective beholder but not everyone even agrees that beauty is the point. Operating in a European-style model of large-scale, nonprofit public art spaces, the Mistake Room occupies a renovated factory/warehouse space in a post-industrial area that's quintessentially L.A., in an urban-neglect kind of way, and is also the current neighborhood of choice for a new generation of supersized commercial galleries. TMR's curatorial program focuses on high-profile and high-production-value projects by international artists whose work has not been exhibited in L.A. before. There was huge buzz before it opened, followed by mixed but impassioned reviews from local critics and audiences for Oscar Murillo's conceptual painting production and Korakrit Arunanondchai's heavily clever cinematic confessional. TMR has grand ambitions and undaunted enthusiasm. —Shana Nys Dambrot
1811 E. 20th St., dwntwn., 90058. (213) 749-1200, tmr.la.