Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive is an artist-run physical and digital living archive and non-circulating library in which contemporary creative processes are recorded, preserved, and made available to the general public. Challenging established concepts of the archive and art space, LACA sustains a unique experimental environment for critical inquiry, artistic research, and public dialogue.


The Archive houses and catalogues art-related objects, with a special focus on ephemeral materials that might otherwise fall between the cracks. It contains material by emerging or under-recognized artists as well as that of well known artists. The collection includes artist books, studio and performance ephemera, audiovisual recordings, and digital media files. Among LACA’s most expansive collections are those of the Mountain School Library, KCHUNG Radio's digital archives, gallery materials from Actual Size Gallery, and the artist residency archives from the Villa Aurora. A comprehensive online database of the Archive is fully searchable through the LACA website.