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Etienne Rougery-Herbaut and Samdi, Man with the Black Hat, 2019.

New Gallery Dedicated to Social Impact to Open in Los Angeles

Brannan Mason Gallery, a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to social impact, will open a 4,500-square-foot-space in downtown Los Angeles’s arts district on March 2. Its inaugural exhibition, “CORNERSTONE,” will present work by the French photographer Etienne Rougery-Herbaut and the Haitian artist Samdi. Proceeds from the show will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

For owner Brannan Mason, the cofounder of the high-end ear-bud brand Noble Audio, the space will focus on supporting important causes and building community. It will organize four-week-long shows that highlight issues the exhibiting artists are passionate about and will donate 10 percent of its earnings from the sale of artworks to vetted nonprofit organizations. Each donation will be made in the name of the buyers of the works. 

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them. According to Cecillia Wang, deputy legal director at the national ACLU and director of the Center for Democracy, “Since the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project was founded in 1987, we have jumped into every major legal battle on the rights of non-citizens. . . . The way that our government institutions treat non-citizens is a real sign of how our society more broadly is functioning as a free society and one that respects people’s rights.”

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