Angelenos are used to seeing weird things, but a 20-foot-high chrome metal statue of Lenin's head — complete with a trapeze baby that looks like Chairman Mao dancing on top — certainly slows traffic. The sculpture by the Gao Brothers is located on a corner in front of a long-abandoned car dealership that is now the independent Ace Museum. The brainchild of Ace Gallery’s Douglas Chrismas, the museum is open weekdays from 1-5 p.m. and focuses on local, national and international art, primarily from the 1960s to the present. Currently on view inside is Matt Hope’s “Micro Microscopic perfect cube,” and they are working to install a major survey of Hope’s work. But Lenin’s noggin has been a landmark ever since it arrived, and is well worth a drive-by. 400 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 965-8200,

—James Bartlett

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