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Ambitious But Problematic Cultural Projects

Edward Goldman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Having become one of the most important cultural centers, both national and international, Los Angeles imposes on us, Angelenos, certain pressures to keep up with the latest developments on its cultural front.

Helen Pashgian's "Light Invisible" at LACMA (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On the night of March 26, 2014, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its doors for its latest exhibition Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible (Marc...

Pereira the Maverick, Pereira the Fool?

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Three months ago, when I heard the news about the proposed erasure of LACMA's old campus in favor of an ambitious new building by "starchitect" Pete...

Venice Biennale Highlight: LACMA's Michael Govan Talks About "Prima Materia" and Global Art

Michael Kurcfeld | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Michael Kurcfeld

In recent years, two of its most prominent exhibition spaces -- Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana -- have been adapted by architect Tadao Ando to be added to the local stage by a French potentate who needed a proper showcase for his collection of postwar and contemporary art.

Should LACMA's Imperfection Be Erased or Embraced?

Edward Goldman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The exhibition I wanted to see deals with the ambitious plans by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to completely re-imagine LACMA's campus by erasing most of the existing buildings in favor of an imposing, amoeba-like structure wrapped in glass.

The New LACMA: I'm a Believer!

John Lopez | Posted 08.06.2013 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

If you've ever wondered why LACMA's east campus looks like a Lincoln Center-wannabe emerging from an '80s porn star's pink-tiled shower stall, this exhibition will tell you exactly why. But the showstopper, which entranced me for a solid three hours yesterday, is Zumthor's proposed redesign.

LACMA To Dull Down MOCA?

Mat Gleason | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Mat Gleason

The big story out of the Los Angeles art world is that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has proposed acquiring the financially troubled Los Angele...

Woodstock Is Also A Town

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 01.07.2013 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

Every autumn, as soon as the leaves begin to turn, I'm there in my imagination and, fortunately, often physically.

Art Wars: MOCA Versus LACMA

Mat Gleason | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
Mat Gleason

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has quietly taken the lead in this city as the most interesting art museum. The Norton Simon still has, picture for picture, by far the best collection. The Getty still has the most money. MOCA and the Hammer are in a tussle for the hipness crown.

What's So Great About Stanley Kubrick?

Tom Teicholz | Posted 11.13.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

If Kubrick is a "legendary filmmaker," what exactly is his legend? Glad you asked.

Should Museums Be Free?

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.13.2012 | Arts

Could museums be free? The innocent enough question came from an audience member at the recent Zócalo panel in Los Angeles on Friday. Three promin...

As MOCA's Money Woes Simmer, A Look at How Major Museums' Finances Work

ARTINFO | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

In the wake of chief curator Paul Schimmel's controversial departure from L.A. MOCA, various stories have swirled about the museum, its dire financial...

Hail King Govan! LACMA Rocks and Rolls

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.15.2012 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

I applaud Michael Govan, for he has truly created a dialogue. Art is on the lips of wise academics, curious cab drivers and anyone seeking sensation.

Giant Boulder Coming To LACMA: Michael Heizer's 'Levitated Mass'

lacma.wordpress.com | Posted 07.17.2011 | Arts

As you may have read in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, we've got a new major artwork on its way to LACMA--Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass. We are beginni...

It's Time for Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 07.17.2011 | Los Angeles

My late father once told me, "Time is our most precious commodity," and after attending west coast premiere of Christian Marclay's The Clock, I'm conf...

'The Clock' By Christian Marclay Premieres At LACMA (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 07.17.2011 | Los Angeles

On Monday night, Angelenos flocked to the Bing Theater at LACMA for the west coast premiere of Christian Marclay's The Clock. Last month at LACMA's C...

LACMA Director Michael Govan Dreams Big

latimes.com | Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.14.2011 | Los Angeles

To hear Govan talk so passionately about this artwork, which is after all one big rock, is to get some sense of what makes him a powerful advocate for...

Los Angeles Power Couples: The Essential List (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 07.06.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles loves its stars -- and if they come in pairs, all the better. But this list doesn't focus on couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; in...

LA Museum Attendance Lags Behind San Francisco And Chicago

Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles

The Art Newspaper released their annual tally (PDF) of top 100 museums worldwide based on 2010 attendance numbers, and the results are disappointing w...

A First Look: Ray's And Stark Bar At LACMA (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is getting ready to welcome the public to Ray's Restaurant And Stark Bar (or Ray's And Stark). Gifted by ...

PHOTOS: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban Celebrate Carole Bayer Sager's New Exhibit

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Carole Bayer Sager was surrounded by family and friends last night for a private reception at the West Hollywood gallery LA Art House. Her new exhibit...

Michael Govan To Lead LACMA For 6 More Years

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Michael Govan, who has led the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for five years, has renewed his contract as LACMA director through June 30, 2016. G...

PHOTOS: A Who's Who Guide To The LA Art Scene

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The beginning of gala season in Los Angeles is bringing out the city's heavy hitters when it comes to art philanthropy, curation, and cultural tastema...

Who Will Be LA's Next Architectural Patron?

latimes.com | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The influence that Eli Broad has had on the built landscape of Los Angeles over the last two decades has been wide-ranging, as I pointed out in a piec...

LACMA's 'American Idol' Of The Art World

latimes.com | April 19, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The comic-looking tiger painted in ink on a 17th century Japanese folding screen by Kano Sansetsu slyly or shyly dares to drink from a river poised to...