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Letters: LACMA's misplaced priorities

May 03, 2013
  • The Ahmanson would be one of the LACMA structures up for demolition under a $650-million plan for a new building by Pritzker winner Peter Zumthor.
The Ahmanson would be one of the LACMA structures up for demolition under… (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles…)

Re "LACMA envisions a dramatic landscape," May 1

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's leadership is considering a $650 million plan to build a dramatic new building, replacing a few of its current ones. This is emblematic of its leadership: superficial.

LACMA's last fiasco was the announcement that qualified staff would be cut and the public's access to the museum reduced for budgetary reasons. That was done at the same time it spent about $10 million in donations to place a much-heralded boulder (which many people consider of dubious art value) on its campus.

Such shortsighted thinking has kept LACMA from taking its rightful place as one of the nation's leading art institutions and in the ranks of truly world-class museums. It is a shame and a pity.

Garry Rosenberg

San Diego

Well, here we go again: LACMA wants to demolish the 1960s-era core of the museum so that another prize-winning architect can show his stuff. What Director Michael Govan and his board don't seem to realize or appreciate is that the LACMA campus is a living example of mid- to late-20th century architecture.

They should use some of that $650 million to promote that fact and use the rest for educational grants and acquisitions.

Meg Huntington Cajero

Los Angeles


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