Celebrated painter Laura Owens says her goal with 356 Mission, a space she runs with Ooga Booga store proprietor Wendy Yao, is simply to “try to do the best shows in L.A.” Judging by the eclectic and often high-caliber programs seen there this year, Owens and Yao are meeting that goal and setting a new standard for artist-run spaces in the city. The L.A. art world has turned out by the hundreds to catch spectacular, free-of-charge offerings including a dance set from legendary British choreographer Michael Clark; a recital by the iconic Meredith Monk; distinctive exhibitions by artists such as Sturtevant and Alex Katz; and a rolling assortment of talks, panel discussions and book launches with major artists and writers. As if that wasn't enough, 356 Mission's website has high-quality video and photo documentation of most of the events taking place there, soothing cases of FOMO and providing a wet dream for art nerds everywhere. —Carol Cheh
356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, 90033. (323) 609-3162, 356mission.com.