CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1993
During the past year I have had the pleasure of conversing and corresponding with Michael Shapiro, and working with members of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art staff as a volunteer. It is very unfortunate that due to fiscal problems Shapiro has decided to leave the museum ("Art Museum Director to Resign," Aug. 21), just as he was beginning to build a new relationship between LACMA and many of our county's communities, particularly those that traditionally have been underserved by mainstream cultural institutions.
August 26, 1993 |
The L.A. County Museum of Art's announcement Friday of director Michael E. Shapiro's resignation took the art world by surprise. Likewise, most of the museum's staff, rank-and-file members of LACMA's board of trustees and County Supervisors were stunned by the news that Shapiro planned to leave after less than a year on the job. But many observers say it was only the timing of the news that was shocking.
August 21, 1993 |
After less than a year at the helm of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael E. Shapiro announced Friday that he will resign, saying another leader is needed to help overcome "large and important and pressing" fiscal problems at the institution. Deep cuts in public funding and a shortage of private donations have forced the Wilshire Boulevard institution to reduce staff, curtail programs and shorten visitor hours for two successive years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1993 |
On the Relevance of Art in Today's Society 'Our community is both riot-torn and financially strapped. . . . It is within this atmosphere that I ask a simple question: Is art relevant? Should we make art a priority when we are concerned about finding solutions to so many problems that are crippling our city? I believe the answer is yes. I believe that art can help to heal this city, can help to nourish its citizens and can help us regain our pride and redefine ourselves and our community.
June 5, 1993 |
The wheels of justice appear to be turning slowly in a lawsuit filed by Maurice Tuchman, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's longtime curator of 20th-Century art, against Museum Director Michael Shapiro and the Museum Associates, LACMA's private support group, but there is action on several fronts.
April 24, 1993
The tone and substance of your article on Michael Shapiro ("After 6 Months, Shapiro Assesses LACMA's Future," April 12) dealt most unfairly with the new, dynamic leader at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As an executive faced with deep and unfortunate cutbacks in funding, he is managing to give the museum valuable leadership in a difficult time. I am sure that when a reasonable amount of time has passed the judgment on Shapiro and his leadership will be one of warmth and admiration.