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.