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November 30, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Strong support for California's ambitious program to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming was reconfirmed in a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, showing once more the state's celebrated environmental consciousness. So perhaps it's time at least to ring a warning bell about a puzzling situation in Los Angeles' cultural environment, rather than its natural one. At area art museums, the job of chief curator appears to be edging toward the endangered species list.
November 29, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Diana Gutman, chairwoman of the Art Museum Council at LACMA, says the group's 40-member board has voted unanimously to stop volunteering at the museum next year because of its plans to triple council members' fees .  As the museum announced this week, members who once paid a minimum of $400 to participate on various councils (or $450 for this particular council) will be required to pay $1,000 plus a $250-level membership starting next June. The Art Museum Council, which has some 200 members, is one of 10 such museum support groups -- the only one raising money for museum acquisitions and exhibitions across the board and not for a specific department.
November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Eli Broad returned to his alma mater Michigan State University over the weekend to inaugurate a new contemporary art museum that bears his name. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum had a formal dedication on Saturday and opened to the public on Sunday. The museum on the university's East Lansing campus was designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Broad gave $28 million to MSU in 2007 for the creation of the museum -- $21 million going toward construction of the facility and $7 million for acquisitions, exhibitions and other functions.
October 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Hurricane Sandy has forced many cultural institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region to close their doors and cancel performances. In New York, Broadway shows that perform on Mondays have canceled their scheduled evening performances. That includes "Annie," "Chicago," "Evita," "Mamma Mia!," "Newsies," "Phantom of the Opera," "Rock of Ages" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. " The Metropolitan Opera has canceled its Monday evening performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro. " [ Updated 2:45 p.m. Monday: All Broadway shows have cancelled their Tuesday performances as well.]
October 14, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - To meet Gilbert Stuart's "George Washington," Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter," Andy Warhol's "Dolly Parton" and hundreds of other artworks less famous and more subtle, first fly to XNA. That's right, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Then drive 20 miles north, through farmland, forest and suburbs, to the home of the planet's largest retailer. That's right, Bentonville. On Central Avenue, if it's autumn, you'll probably roll past 100-year-old houses under a dense canopy of fall colors.
October 13, 2012 | By Scarlet Cheng
As a young boy in Taiwan, Jerry Yang was forced to study calligraphy - writing Chinese characters with a brush. The practice is thought to mold character as well as to reflect it, but Yang found it a tedious chore. In 1998, when he was turning 30 and had already co-founded Yahoo, he heeded the call to look back to his heritage and bought two Chinese calligraphies at auction. It was the beginning, he has written, of "a journey of discovery, inspiration, and fulfillment. " Today, his collection numbers 250 works, including some by the greatest calligraphers of the Ming and Qing eras, and 40 of them have been selected for "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy," a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (through Jan. 13)
September 14, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance - and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success -- it's worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met announced Friday that “three widely acclaimed and highly attended exhibitions” this year had boosted New York City's economy by $781 million, with out-of-towners...
September 4, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Tuesday is Timothy Potts' first day on the job as the new director of the Getty Museum , a post that went vacant for nearly two years. Friday he will make his first public appearance, joining LACMA director Michael Govan and Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin for a panel on the changing shape of L.A.'s art museums. The panel will take place downtown in Grand Park at 6 p.m. as part of Zócalo's “town square”-style conversations. Up for discussion: the state of cultural philanthropy in L.A., the challenges of engaging local audiences, and next steps for the museums, each of which has grown significantly - and faced serious growing pains - in the last 10 years.
August 13, 2012 | By David Ng
The Getty Museum has added a new partner in its expanding cultural accord with Italy -- the city of Rome. The museum said it has signed a bilateral agreement with Rome's Capitoline Museums to create a framework for the conservation and restoration of artworks as well as future exhibitions and long-term loans. The Capitoline Museums are a group of art and archaeological museums that date to the 15th century. They are among the oldest public art museums in the world. James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, marked the new partnership with the unveiling of an ancient sculpture titled "Lion Attacking a Horse," which is being loaned to the Getty.
July 11, 2012
Re "MOCA's past and future," Opinion, July 8 Like Eli Broad, we are life trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, but we have a different version of the museum's history and, more important, a different vision of its future. Restoring the artistic and curatorial integrity of MOCA is crucial in regaining its respect and prominence. MOCA has not shepherded its finances well; it has overspent and is now paying the price. But bringing down expenditures does not mean bringing down the caliber of its exhibitions as well.
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