Shana Nys Dambrot
Shana Nys Dambrot

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill, more recently LA CANVAS Art + Books Editor, L.A. Editor for WhiteHot Magazine,Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and Art Editor for VS Magazine, based in NYC. Her writing additionally appears in publications including the L.A. Weekly, Bluecanvas, and has appeared in Modern Painters, Art Review, Artweek, ARTnews, the Believer, tema celeste, Angeleno, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz. Her monthly art essay, Urban Scrawl, lives at, where she tries to revive the temporarily misplaced art of the long-form zeitgeisty think-piece. She is also published in a large number of exhibition catalogs and artist-monograph essays, curates a small number of gallery exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency.


LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles, Old Bank District


EXPERTISE: Building bridges and finding patterns among unlikely phenomena, starting with art and sweeping out from there.

INSPIRATION: Digression.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN YOUR AREA: Maguire Gardens at the Central Library




WHY YOU LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: The view out my window from the 12th floor of a 100-year old building, past interior brick walls and exterior concrete volutes, across towering neon rooftop signs, to the twinkling lights of the industrial lands to the south and east. This old hotel is haunted, definitely by old writers’ ghosts. It’s the best place to write I’ve ever found.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?: The constant challenge and rich opportunities it offers to learn something new every day. It’s also my biggest fear -- that I’ll miss something important!

Recent Articles
Skid Row and Central Avenue's Culture-Based Activism
Skid Row and Central Avenue's Culture-Based Activism
Two culture-based events near Skid Row realigned conceptions of what space can be occupied.
Selling the Palm Springs Cultural Legacy: Revival, Restoration, and Renovation
Selling the Palm Springs Cultural Legacy: Revival, Restoration, and Renovation
Shana Nys Dambrot examines the eternal allure of paradise in Palm Springs and the ongoing architectural struggle for the city's soul.
A Moon-Age Daydream: The Collision of Arts and the Aerospace Industry
A Moon-Age Daydream: The Collision of Arts and the Aerospace Industry
Two things Southern California has in abundance: sunshine and plastic. Chief among the artistic prime movers that pushed L.A. onto the international art-world stage was the Light & Space movement, the ultimate byproduct of Southern California's sunkissed and spaceward-thinking intellectual environment.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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