After years of enjoying shows at The Music Center (see Music Center article), it wasn’t until I was there on a quiet, uncrowded afternoon that I noticed The Dance Door for the very first time.
This gorgeous bronze sculpture sits between the Dorothy Chandler and Mark Taper, parallel to the Peace on Earth sculpture on the west and City Hall on the east. The piece not only captures dancing figures, but it is strategically placed so that it also enhances the beauty of the surrounding area. Positioned as an open door, one can see through the open doorway at City Hall and the Peace on Earth sculpture depending on what side you look through. It makes for a lovely photo spot and patrons frequently capture memories here. I now make it a point to see it every time I visit the Music Center.
A little about the artist:
Robert Graham (1938-2008) was a popular L.A. artist known for his sculptures of the female form. He was privately commissioned by Frederick Weisman in 1978 to create The Dance Door who, along with his wife Marcia Weisman, donated the piece to the Music Center in 1982. Graham’s work can be seen across the country; quite a few are in Downtown L.A.
While in this area, you can also visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad Contemporary Art Museum (see article) across the street.