December 6, 1998 |
Despite sitting on a portfolio that has grown in value to nearly $5 billion, the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust wants to do what some see as the unthinkable: start raising money. One year into his tenure, Barry Munitz has a list of options on the table: seek corporate sponsors for exhibitions at the Getty's famed museums; solicit gifts of art from private collectors; charge for memberships at the Getty Villa in Malibu; and borrow money for future construction projects.
March 2, 1998 |
Recently the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed on a Friday afternoon at the Music Center downtown. It was a strange concert. The conductor was Mark Wigglesworth, a dashing young Brit beginning to make a name for himself. The program had an informal theme of rebirth. In one piece Mahler asked the ultimate question: Is there more to life than the suffering we endure on this planet? The concert ended with Richard Strauss conjuring up death and spiritual transformation.
October 7, 1996 |
In an aggressive move to help rescue the financially embattled Disney Concert Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art is putting architect Frank O. Gehry's models and drawings on display on its plaza, introducing the public to its full artistic range for the first time. This level of advocacy is unusual for an art museum, but as a champion of the world-renowned architect, the museum is trying to pull the proposed concert hall from its financial mire.
March 9, 1996
Five local arts groups have each been awarded $48,000 grants from the County of Los Angeles Music and Performing Arts Commission and the City of L.A. Cultural Affairs Department. The 1996 grants, fourth-year installments of the Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative, also include 150 hours in technical assistance to each organization.
December 12, 1995 |
Slicing through another heavy sheet of construction paper, Jerome McGee, 10 1/2, his stocky, gluey fingers pressed through the finger holes of blunt-edged scissors, talks onlookers through a tour of his morning creation. Jutting out of the tabletop like a centerpiece of exotic blooms, his paper structure is an explosion of colors and shapes--curlicues, arches, spheres. McGee sounds like the proud chief architect touring the site, missing only his hard hat.
July 27, 1995 |
Six years after launching a badly flawed program of grants for the visual and performing arts, the city's Cultural Affairs Department has now fashioned a new grant category that, if all goes well, just might help the agency start to redeem its disappointing legacy. Called the Individual Artist Grant, the pilot program is limited to visual art, including photography. It's expected to operate for a minimum of two years, but if it works, the category could become a permanent fixture.