Glendale is not exactly known as a hotbed of contemporary art, but nestled in a quiet industrial area off San Fernando Road sits one of L.A.'s hottest emerging art spaces. Located in a former auto body shop, the Pit — named for the sunken area where oil changes used to take place — was founded three years ago by artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder. The Pit is part artist-run space, part commercial gallery, combining an independent, DIY spirit with sharp, curatorial focus. True to the space's punk roots, almost every exhibition is accompanied by a Risograph-printed publication — a favorite of the zine set — offering visitors an affordable option to take home. Miller and Oder encourage a multiplicity of voices in their program by inviting outside artists to curate, as with a recent show curated by artist Aaron Curry that featured famed German artist A.R. Penck, crossover cartoon artist Gary Panter and Don Van Vliet, better known as musician Captain Beefheart. Their little corner of Glendale got a bit more crowded with the opening last month of Ruberta, a shared endeavor between five galleries from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Colombia, next door. —Matt Stromberg
918 Ruberta Ave., Glendale, 91201; the-pit.la.