November 28, 1999 |
"We wanted to look at what's gone on in California through a multiplicity of lenses," said Stephanie Barron, senior curator of 20th century art and vice president of education and public programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was talking about "Made in California: 1900-2000," an enormous project that has been in the works for three years.
December 9, 2001
Why on Earth does the Los Angeles County Museum of Art need to tear down the existing buildings and replace them with a "tent" ("L.A. Art Museum Decides to Radically Reshape Itself," Dec. 6)? Are the current buildings in danger of collapsing? Are they seismically unsafe? Does the roof leak? Is the plumbing clogged? And what will happen to the great collection during the three- to four-year demolition and construction period? If the collection has grown so much that more exhibit space is needed, why not open up a few more of the floors of LACMA West, or even build a new satellite building, perhaps on top of the existing parking structure?
December 10, 2001 |
Tear down LACMA? Is that any way to treat Los Angeles' primary art museum? The one that occupies a prime piece of property on mid-Wilshire Boulevard, houses a 100,000-piece art collection and offers the public everything from blockbuster shows to scholarly lectures, film series, jazz nights and family days? A lot of folks seem to think so.
October 12, 2011 |
When Michael Govan was named director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2006, there was reason to hope that LACMA's campus — in its jumbled, sprawling form something of a microcosm of Southern California urbanism — might finally gain some architectural coherence. Govan arrived at the museum with an impressive architectural track record, having overseen the construction of a terrific satellite campus for the Dia Art Foundation, designed by artist Robert Irwin and the architecture firm Open Office, in Beacon, N.Y. Before that he worked alongside Thomas Krens as the Guggenheim director plotted a program of global expansion starring the world's leading architects.
January 17, 2009 |
These days, one of Michael Govan's private pleasures, flying a single-engine prop plane, gives him a useful perspective on the challenges of his public role: piloting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art during a time of economic turbulence. "I know head winds when I see them or feel them," he says. With the 1979 Beechcraft Bonanza he keeps at Santa Monica Airport, Govan has the option of waiting out bad weather. With LACMA, he has to keep airborne and on course no matter what: The museum is about midway through a multipronged, multimillion-dollar "Transformation."
June 26, 2009 |
Why is that big bunch of colorful plastic stuff on the plaza at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art? Is it a Tupperware party gone awry? A 99-cent Only Store sidewalk sale? Neither, but the second guess is close. The eye-popping assembly is "HappyHappy," an artwork by Choi Jeong-Hwa. The artist purchased his raw materials -- a slew of bright colored plastic bins, tubs, funnels, pitchers, strainers and bowls -- at the nearby 99-cent Only Store. Choi, an internationally recognized figure known as the father of South Korea's Pop art movement, designed the piece as an introduction to "Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists From Korea," a major exhibition opening Sunday in LACMA's Broad Contemporary Art Museum.