The year 2012 was an eventful one for the Los Angeles arts scene. The cultural landscape continued to reverberate from the economic shifts of the past few years.
Many organizations continued to struggle financially.
But artists struggle even in the best of times, and so local arts groups did what they normally do -- they kept on creating.
As it did last year, the Museum of Contemporary Art dominated cultural headlines.
The museum has undergone many changes since New York art dealer Jeffrey Deitch took over in 2010. This year saw the abrupt departure of chief curator Paul Schimmel, followed by an exodus of prominent board members.
Bad news also came from Cirque du Soleil's “Iris” at the Dolby Theatre. The multi-million dollar spectacle is closing earlier than expected in January following weak box-office results.