The Mistake Room (TMR) dwells in the terrain of ideas and practices fueled by radical imagination. A constantly morphing cultural platform, TMR is shaped through ambitious multi-year thematic projects that expand the possibilities of what an indepedent art space can be and do. Working alongside artists, thinkers, and other makers, TMR summons new publics for art and ideas into being in ways that reflect the complexity of our world and time.


The Mistake Room helps practitioners of the imagination from around the globe bring their work to life in meaningful ways. 

Deeply committed to the constant reimagining of the independent art space, we aspire to transform how people access and critically engage with art and culture. 

We do this to deepen our collective understanding of human creativity and to broaden its profound impact on the world and in our lives.


We believe in artists and thinkers.
As pioneers of radical imagination;
As makers of new ways of being and knowing;
As a compass in the pursuit of making the world more just and compassionate.

We believe in the cultural institution.
As a fearless and unwavering protector of artistic and intellectual freedom;
As a place of learning and a site for research and the production of original scholarship;
As a living, responsive, and adaptable platform that births new cultural forms.

We believe in mistakes.
As generative moments and ruptures of the status quo;
As evidence of transformative acts;
As glimpses into a future we’ve yet to know.



The Mistake Room offers hands-on internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Our internship program provides opportunities to work directly alongside scholars, curators, and artists who are shaping the future of contemporary art while also helping participants learn about the non-profit cultural institution and its various functions and operations.

The Mistake Room is unable to provide or assist with visas for foreign applicants.

School Credit
It is the responsibility of applicants to retrieve information from their school concerning possible academic credit. Graduate students seeking an internship for Independent Study Course Credit or to fulfill a Practicum degree-requirement must contact us directly at info@tmr.la for Graduate Internship Application.

Internship Schedule
Fall 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2017
Internship: October 1 - December 15, 2017

Summer 2017 Social Media & Marketing Internship

The Mistake Room is seeking an intern with strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, particularly social media outlets. The candidate will work closely with the curatorial team and become informed about the organization's upcoming program and activities and create a public presence for the organization across multiple social media outlets while also developing a strategic social media strategy to increase the organization's public presence.  This is a unique hands-on opportunity for a candidate interested in public relations and marketing and will provide the selected individual with a dynamic context to develop their work. Candidates should have a strong interest in publicity, marketing and branding, and social media. Strong candidates will have good organizational and time management skills and will have the ability to work in both a team environment and independently when needed. Candidates must possess excellent communication and writing skills. Essential functions include basic website updates and maintenance; posting on and monitoring TMR’s new digital journal; online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vimeo; database management; and other related duties.


Email resume and cover letter to Kris Kuramitsu at kris@tmr.la. Provide two references and their contact e-mail. Please include position you are applying for on message subject line.

Requirements & Compensation

Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week with flexible schedule. Internship includes $1,000 (USD) stipend.


Jody Zellen, Diana Thater at The Mistake Room, Art and Cake, May 3, 2017.

Catherine Wagley, 5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week, LA Weekly, May 3, 2017.

Lorraine Heitzman, Thomas Hirschhorn: Love, Politics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy at The Mistake Room, Art and Cake, December 14, 2016. 

Ciara Moloney, Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand Alone, ArtReview, December 2016. 

The Mistake Room presents Thomas Hirschhorn, Fabrik, November 4, 2016. 

Natalie Hegert, Dimensions Variable: Art Installations, Interventions, and Environments To Experience This November 2016, Mutual Art, November 2, 2016.

Christopher Michno, Review: Thomas Hirschhorn, Artillery Magazine, October 26, 2016.

Sharon Mizota, What to see in L.A. galleries: An ode to a black sci-fi trailblazer and Lari Pittman Mood Books', LA Times, October 21, 2016.

Catherine Wagley, Thomas Hirschhorn at The Mistake Room, Contemporary Art Review LA (CARLA), October 21, 2016.

Editorial, Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone, en The Mistake Room, Código Magazine, October 13, 2016.

Carolina A. Miranda, Datebook: Monuments made of cardboard, the Virgin of Guadalupe's legacy, the art of alchemy, LA Times, October 6, 2016.

Matt Stromberg, ArtRX LA: Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone, Hyperallergic, October 4, 2016.

Allison Berg, Enjoy the View, C Magazine, October 2016.

Andrew Nunes, Mexican Art Collective Turns LA Gallery into Cult Headquarters, The Creators Project, September 9, 2016.

Catherine G. Wagley, Aggressively Mischievous: Gabinete H-E Descends On The Mistake Room In Los Angeles, ARTNEWS, September 1, 2016.

Hunter Drohojowska-Philip, Summer group shows and Mark Gash, KCRW: Art Talk, August 4, 2016.

Aumenta tus conocimientos en el arte, El Informador, July 26, 2016.

The Mistake Room presents Destroy All Your Humanity, Fabrik Media, July 19, 2016.

Arden Shore, A Tour through Space with LA Artist Glenn Kaino, Citizine, July 18, 2016.

Carolina A. Miranda, Datebook: A show about the border, art inspired by L.A., an exhibition with its own marijuana strain, LA Times, July 14, 2016.

Matt Stromberg, ArtRx LA: Destroy All Your Humanity, Hyperallergic, July 12, 2016.

Honora Shea, Critic's Picks: Exquisite Corpse, Artforum, June 1, 2016.

Danielle Shang, LA, the New Art Frontier, Ran Dian, May 28, 2016

Ari Simon, Review--HOUSE MUSIC: A Residency, Get Downtown, May 5, 2016.

Vivian Hua, HOUSE MUSIC Performance Review: Jennie Liu & Andrew Gilbert Practice at The Mistake Room, Redefine Mag, April 26, 2016.

Simone Krug, Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue, Review, Contemporary Art Review LA, Spring 2016.

Matt Stromberg, ArtRx LA: House Music: A Residency, Hyperallergic, April 19, 2016.

Cesar Garcia, Jim Shaw & Daniel Guzman: Artistic Revolution, Interview, NeueJournal, April 18, 2016.

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Grants, Artforum, April 6, 2016.

Deborah Vankin, Mini golf in downtown L.A.? That and other arts projects win grants from Mike Kelley Foundation, LA Times, April 5, 2016.

Thisbe Gensler, Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, Art Observed, February 20, 2016.

Shana Nys Dambrot, TOP TEN 2015: LOS ANGELES, art ltd., January/February 2016.

Victoria L. Valentine, On the Horizon in African American Art: Artists to Watch and Events to Look Forward to in 2016, Culture Type, January 11, 2016.

Carol Kino, Influencers: Cesar Garcia, Art Basel Miami Magazine, December 2015. 

Degen Pener, Not For Sale, Cultured Magazine, Winter 2015. 

On View: Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” Explores The Rapid Pace of Chinese Development, The Architect’s Newspaper, November 16, 2015.

Carolina A. Miranda, Cao Fei’s Beijing zombies in L.A. serve as a riff on modern China, LA Times, October 23, 2015.

Sharon Mizota, Review: The recession and its discontents in films by Cao Fei at The Mistake Room, LA Times, October 16, 2015.

Catherine Wagley, 5 Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week, LA Weekly, September 24, 2015.

Kris Kuramitsu on Cao Fei’s Anxious Urban Visions, LA Forum, September 20, 2015.

Carolina A. Miranda, Datebook: Zombies of Beijing, Chicano landscapes, fountain sculptures, LA Times, September 18, 2015.

Alexandria Symonds, The Cultivist’s Top 12 International Hidden Art Gems, New York Times (T Magazine), August 5, 2015.

Q & A: Cesar Garcia, Founding Director of The Mistake Room, Modern Painters, July 19, 2015.

Matt Stromberg, ArtRx LA: Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy, Hyperallergic, June 9, 2015.

Travis Diehl, Critics Picks: Milena Bonilla, Artforum, June 8, 2015.

The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles, Art in America, June 3, 2015.

The Mistake Room Gala, LA Confidential, May/June 2015.

Top 5 Video: May 7, 2015, Glasstire, May 7, 2015

Catherine Wagley, Milena Bonilla: Low-Intensity Operations, LA Weekly, April 22, 2015.

Regina Mogilevskaya, The Mistake Room’s First Biennial Gala, ArtInfo, April 2, 2015.

The Mistake Room Gala, Cultured Magazine, April 2015.

Carolina A. Miranda, Datebook: 80’s L.A., women photographers, Inglewood’s architectural stage, LA Times, March 26, 2015

John Chiaverina, Simon Fujiwara and Samara Golden Win Inaugural Mistake Room Artist Prizes, Artnews, March 12, 2015.

In The Air: Simon Fujiwara and Samara Golden Win Mistake Room Prizes, ArtInfo, March 12, 2015.

Simon Fujiwara and Samara Golden Awarded Mistake Room’s 2015 Artist Prizes, Artforum, March 12, 2015.

Sharon Mizota, Review: Vivian Suter at The Mistake Room, LA Times, March 11, 2015.

M.H. Miller, L.A.’s Mistake Room Will Honor Isaac Julien at First Biennial Fundraiser, Artnews, February 18, 2015.

Catherine Wagley, Paulo Bruscky: Artist Books and Films, 1970-2013, LA Weekly, January 28, 2015.

Carolina A. Miranda, Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls, LA Times, January 15, 2015.

Editorial, Curators To Watch in 2015, as Chosen by Art-World Insiders, Artsy, December 18, 2015.

Catherine Wagley, 10 Best L.A. Art Experiences 2014, LA Weekly, December 17, 2014.

Degen Pener, A Comprehensive Guide for Giving Back in Los Angeles, LA Confidential, December 1, 2014.

Cesar Garcia: L.A. Art Scene Renegade, Cultured Magazine, December 2014.

Jennifer S. Li, Reviews: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Art in America, November 25, 2014.

Christopher Wyrick, Room for Error—Los Angeles, Monocle Magazine, November 2014.

Shana Nys Dambrot, Best Experimental Kunsthalle (2014), LA Weekly, October 3, 2014.

Top 5: October 16, 2014, Glasstire, October 1, 2014.

Jonathan Griffin, Review: Korakrit Arunanondchai, frieze, October 2014.

Courtney Malick, Korakrit Arunanondchai with Courtney Malick, SFAQ, September 19, 2014.

The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles, Art in America, September 17, 2014.

Matt Stromberg, ArtRx LA: Cities on Screens: Film Works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Hyperallergic, September 16, 2014.

Christine N. Ziemba, 24 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week, LAist, September 15, 2014.

Dorothée Dupuis, Forms of Exchange (Korakrit Arunanondchai Review), Spike Magazine, September 2014.

Keith Plocek, Korakrit Arunanondchai and the Cult of Bar Soap at The Mistake Room, Glasstire, August 21, 2014.

Rachel Mason, Taking a Trip Into Korakrit Arunanondchai’s World, Huffington Post, August 12, 2014.

Catherine Wagley, Korakrit Arunanondchai, LA Weekly, July 30, 2014.

Cathleen Cher, Krit, Boychild and The Mistake Room, Milk, July 18, 2014.

Deborah Vankin, The Mistake Room brings global view to gritty downtown L.A. art scene, LA Times, July 18, 2014.

Honora Shea, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s Body Work, Interview Magazine, July 16, 2014.

Nate Freeman, Director Your Attention to a Wonderfully Loopy Exhibition Trailer From Korakrit Arunanondchai, Observer, July 10, 2014.

Amanda Millin, Making a Mistake, Robb Report, June 6, 2014.

Art Movement: Go-To Galleries, Details Magazine, June 2014.

Shana Nys Dambrot, Cesar Garcia: A Gallery Director Not Afraid of Making a Mistake, LA Weekly, May 14, 2014.

Susannah Tantemsapya, Q&A: Cesar Garcia on The Mistake Room, Korakrit Arunanondchai and Oscar Murillo, MDaily, May 7, 2014.

Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center at The Mistake Room Through April 12th, 2014, ArtObserved, April 10, 2014.

Oscar Murillo in conversation with Cesar Garcia, On The Seventh Day (We Don’t Work Sundays), L’Officiel, March-April 2014.

Maxwell Williams, Counter Culture: Cesar Garcia and The Mistake Room challenge L.A.’s art identity, Cultured Magazine, Spring 2014.

VIDEO: Oscar Murillo Show Opens LA’s Mistake Room, Artinfo, March 18, 2014.

Susan Michals, Want to Get Your Very Own Oscar Murillo for $1,000?, Huffington Post, March 11, 2014.

Benjamin Sutton, Inside the Mistake Room, Los Angeles’s Newest Art Space, Artnet, February 20, 2014.

Shana Nys Dambrot, The Mistake Room: The L.A. Art World’s Next Big Thing, KCET Artbound, January 24, 2014

Fan Zhong, Oscar Murillo Makes No Mistake, W Magazine, January 21, 2014.

Maxwell Williams, Downtown L.A.’s The Mistake Room Art Space Celebrates Opening, The Hollywood Report, January 20, 2014.

Deborah Vankin, Cesar Garcia’s the Mistake Room opens in downtown L.A., January 18, 2014.

In The Air: L.A.’s Mistake Room Launching With Oscar Murillo Show, Artinfo, January 16, 2014.

Abhilasha Singh, Los Angeles Gets a New Major Contemporary Art Space, January 15, 2014.

Susan Michals, The Mix Master, Angeleno Magazine, December 2014.

The Mistake Room Benefit and Launch Brings Big Artists To Los Angeles, Huffington Post, October 11, 2013.

Susan Michals, It’s No Mistake: The Mistake Room Launches As a Landmark Art Organization in Los Angeles, Huffington Post, October 17, 2013.