Over the past year, I have been pleased to see The Times' increasing coverage of the local visual arts scene and am appreciative of the fact that you have an art critic, Leah Ollman, who brings academic art history training to her reviews. However, I must express my profound dismay at (her Oct. 28) article.
It is especially troubling to have this specter of impropriety raised when it would seem the writer has been derelict in her responsibility to research a subject before making accusations. Museum ethics is a very complex and difficult area--a mine field in which much damage can be done. I believe that Ollman's commentary reflects her own ignorance and naivete, and I would hope that in future she have her facts straight before pontificating with such assurance.
For example, did she speak with anyone at the American Assn. of Museums, the national accrediting organization for museums? She should have been aware that the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art recently went through the rigorous AAM accreditation process with flying colors--a thorough review by an objective team of museum professionals who judge an institution upon the highest standards of ethics and procedures. Coincidentally, the AAM's accreditation team judging our museum included Henry Hopkins, the very expert Ollman quotes at the start of her commentary.