LACMA enhanced its Ahmanson Building with the addition of a new grand stairway, new ceiling systems and glazed entrances for the plaza-level lobby and pavilion-level entry, a new polished concrete floor, a new gift shop, a new elevator lobby corridor and improved back-of-house storage. Creative curation is obviously an important function for any museum, but this smacks of arrogance, as if to say, “we’ll tell you what to like.”. Audible murmur in the room when Brad Pitt's name is called. "The idea is that the building is horizontal and can soak up the California sun," Galvan told, when the plan was released. Lacma’s $650m building plan won’t wash ... and straddles Wilshire Boulevard Rendering courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. Times readers responded with similar disdain. The only Democratic candidate to emerge as a sympathetic character was Bloomberg, who should receive props for his calm demeanor and willingness to stay the course in the face of such a well-orchestrated gang-mentality attack from the others. To L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, please stop this now before it’s too late. Charley Pride, the ‘Jackie Robinson of country music,’ dies at 86 of COVID-19, The trailblazing singer, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper, was the first Black superstar in country music, writing hits such as “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.”, New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76, Actor Carol Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, has died of complications from COVID-19, Commentary: ‘The Prom’ is an ode to musical theater. Regarding theater critic Charles McNulty’s review of “West Side Story” on Broadway [“Love Renewed, Feb. 21]: I saw “West Side Story” at the Sunday matinee and thought your review was right on. "Our staff is very confident that this is the right amount of space," he said, noting that LACMA also sends collections outside of the museum. I also came away with the sense that people on both sides of the controversy were listened to and reported on. 'When I began to respond to it with a free building form, we made the breakthrough.'" This new vision will make room for more inspiring collections, create a better experience for visitors, and contribute to the artistic life of LA. Reading your article, I was sadly reminded that debt service costs and other financial constraints forced the American Folk Art Museum to sell its remarkable (then new) home on West 53rd Street to MoMA in 2011. What to watch while celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve? Kudos to Bong Joon Ho and to Justin Chang. pic.twitter.com/hYIXVZmXAL, Keaton, who is still rocking the Annie Hall style hat (as well as indoor sunglasses), ended her call for support of the LACMA design with enthusiasm: "I'm so excited! We followed her years ago when she devised the Consumer Protection Agency. I am a retired theater arts teacher from Palisades Charter High School and produced the show several times (including one with J.J. Abrams in the cast). Add to that the facts that this project uses up all the currently unused space on LACMA’s campus, plus a chunk of airspace over Wilshire, making future expansion impossible, and that the curators, conservators and other staff will be moved off-site, and what you’ve got is an unmitigated disaster. Thank you for your thoughtful analysis of the financing challenges LACMA will face with this project. Both of these expenses will be ever more costly for future generations. Ryan Seacrest, who is actually a LACMA board member, took a break from tweeting about "American Idol" to praise the museum's vision. It is clear that LACMA cannot afford this vanity building project in both financial terms (no one honestly believes that its cost will be under $1 billion) nor in terms of the damage that will be done to the museum’s mission. L.A. County coronavirus surges hit upscale suburbs as well as the inner city. Movie theaters closed. "It will give back more energy to the city than it uses. "L.A. needs a BIG museum for the future not the vision of a couple of people, no matter how great," said Norma Edwards, in a letter to KPCC. Even in moderate recessions, new money is harder to raise and established donors may renegotiate or delay payment on existing commitments. Her plans are well thought out and doable. It can be done and there are many examples for LACMA to follow. Perhaps the greatest attraction that Reagan had was his likeability. ", While some critics liked the design — Carolina Miranda of the Los Angeles Times compared it to the sleek Cylon Basestars in Battlestar Galactica — others weren't fans of the building's dark-night-of-the-soul shade of black. "The taxpayers' money is a fraction. Keaton, who is still rocking the Annie Hall style hat (as well as indoor sunglasses), ended her call for support of the LACMA design with enthusiasm: "I'm so excited! Apparently this new version keeps the play relevant by honestly reflecting our times. Top ten lists for 2020: The year’s best movies, TV, music and more. Like the original design, the building crosses over Wilshire Boulevard. Our mega-list hits all the favorites, plus some wildcards. As all museum and art professionals know, sunlight is fatal to art; glass is the last material a museum would choose to surround its art. If the view was really such an important factor to Govan and Zumthor, they could have built a three- or four-story museum with a viewing platform at the top. The city approved of the final blueprints in 2019, and not long after, LACMA staff released a timeline culminating with the year 2024, or when the Zumthor mega-building is set to open. It needs spaces for both instructive classes and entertaining presentations such as are shown now in the Bing Auditorium. When my husband was a young teenager in the 1950s East London, he would take a bus into the city to the (now) Tate Britain. Not the Los Angeles Celebrity Museum of Art. The LACMA Building for the Permanent Collection will be approximately 347,500 sq. Accessible. Wim Wenders, whose filmography includes acclaimed works such as Wings of Desire (1987), Paris, Texas (1984), Pina (2011), and more, is at work on a documentary about Zumthor, … It’s clear that she put a lot of research into providing that level of detail. How is it possible that funding was obtained for an unknown plan, especially with taxpayer funding? You ask if LACMA can afford its new building. As the recent full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times implied, the Govan-Zumthor plan is dead in the water. The concern, of course, is that in 2020 “times like these” may not last much longer — a recession will likely occur at some point during LACMA’s multiyear development plan. Time to pause, raise more money, and build a two-story structure. Tear-down has begun on the adjacent Ahmanson Building. The $750-million building project, Youn said, is on schedule, with the completion planned for the end of 2023. There's really no opposition. The LACMA expansion has generated a significant amount of controversy, with detractors alleging that the $750 million price tag for it is too high and that Zumthor’s design for it … Back in the late 1970s I was a graduate student in New York when Broadway staged an updated version of the play. The decision was unanimous— LACMA will receive $117.5 million in county funds to put towards the $650 million project. https://t.co/XDDRhC52D9! Having a contemporary look is more important to this architect than the hanging of paintings. COVID-19 spikes spill into dozens of L.A. County communities in the San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, the Westside and central L.A. The Mormon church stands metaphorically for all organized religions. Diane Keaton showed up … that he only accepts a project "if he feels a deep affinity" for it, which makes sense given how long he's stuck with this LACMA plan. A South Korean study raises concerns that six feet of social distance may not be far enough to keep people safe from the coronavirus. I have seen the show many times — even Larry Kert in the original Broadway production. Due to size limitations, the offices of the museum's curatorial staff will be housed elsewhere. "So if you were an actor, that means you would have won 14 Academy Awards, which is never going to happen. Yay, L.A!.". The LACMA building project is on time and on budget. How will all that dust and exhaust fumes from the passing debris parade affect visitors to the Peterson Museum, the new Motion Picture Academy Museum and La Brea Tar Pits, let alone the schools, convalescent homes, parks and sidewalks along the city streets to the nearest freeway? Nothing compares to the emotional impact of this production and the relevance it has for today’s youth. You provide history and context and your perspective on the evolution of this cultural icon is appreciated. But some taxpayers want more than 25% of a say in the design. As Miranda’s article states: “[N]o final plans for the future museum’s galleries have been publicly revealed.”. The new building design is not without controversy. A letter responding to The Times’ coverage of the LACMA redesign was signed by Roger Newell of San Diego. When I see “The Book of Mormon” in March, it will be the ninth time. A tsunami of criticism has crashed upon the … Under those conditions, large capital projects that have unexpected design changes and poor cost controls and aren’t completed on time present serious risks to an organization’s mission and financial stability. Thank you for Carolina Miranda’s thorough analysis of the LACMA project [“Can LACMA Afford Building?” Feb. 23]. As of Thursday, there were 3,850 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in L.A. County, including 856 in ICU beds — both records. In times like these, major gift campaigns for costly, high-profile projects can almost seem easy: New donors emerge, eager to support an ambitious agenda; established donors increase their support, and everyone is keen to make the most of charitable contributions as part of their tax and estate planning strategies. Lacma’s $650 Million Building by Peter Zumthor Is Approved. The show has helped me process my way out of my anger toward the church. Two separate groups claiming to be “Save LACMA” are fighting over that name in their efforts to do what their mem AFTER: Visible on the left in this rendering of the view north across Wilshire Boulevard are “Urban Light,” BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion. He spent hours studying them, reluctantly going home. How about having faux concrete walls, and put some of the multimillions to use by hiring an artist to paint them? Current walls are flexible, and can be painted after old holes repaired. pic.twitter.com/WWxpuqlDKh. At a time for attention to dire humane needs, how can city and county officials spend their time and in good conscience approve this project? (Courtesy LACMA Archives) Five decades ago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art officially opened its Miracle Mile campus. During LACMA's dedication rites, L.A. County Supervisor Ernest Debs told the museum's board and benefactors, "All of us and all of our children and children's children will forever be in your debt for … The $100 million estimate may prove insufficient. Good sense in both articles [by Miranda and Lubell]. Thank you for your excellent review of the latest iteration of “West Side Story.” Your piece is exquisitely written with some very nice touches. But he was a man who valued his privacy and knew how to protect it — move back home to Arkansas and don’t answer the phone. LACMA's Art of the Americas Building, in the final stages of demolition. The new structure is about 40,000 square-feet, or 10%, smaller than the original plan. Bravo to the Academy for recognizing this film, because for once, they reflect the diversity of the industry. The original design, which looked like a giant, black amoeba, spanned both sides of Wilshire Blvd. Before it is too late, the public and the supervisors who represent them must call for a halt to this folly while demanding a museum that is practical, sustainable and respectful of the art it contains. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday on whether or not to give the museum a humble $117.5 million to move forward with the plan (the total tab for the project is $650 million). Among the celebrities, there are a lot of words of support from artists, architects, LACMA employees, and other LACMA institutions. Everything about the Govan-Zumthor plan is questionable. Such an exciting read about the future of @LACMA! LACMA's building plan has become a lighting rod for the debate over what a 21st-century museum can—and should—be. More than a renovation: a completely new way to understand our relationship to the arts and culture of the past, the present, and the future. The $650-million project, which is slated to begin work later this year, calls for replacing two of the museum's oldest buildings with a glossy new structure designed by architect Peter Zumthor. This kind of reporting is what is so sorely needed as news outlets shrink or vanish. The big news then was that, for the very first time, the role of Maria was going to be performed by an actual Latina. The proposed new LACMA building is a disgraceful fiscal fiasco the public does not need, is opposed to by the discerning public and increases the public debt when funds are short for the homeless and destitute. Several times I was close to tears. Building a roof over an active archaeological site could interfere with the natural ecosystem. Zumthor’s building would replace three existing structures erected when LACMA opened in 1965, plus a fourth completed in 1985. Miranda now says it, "bears the profile of a small-city airport terminal.". championed Elizabeth Warren’s “bat swinging and willingness to get down and dirty” when the outcome of her vile demonstration was to destroy the possibility of anything positive coming out of that night. Those are a few of the reactions to LACMA's plan to tear down four of its older buildings, which date to the 1960s, and replace them with this, a broad, disc-like structure designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Given the choice of an institution that will put the artworks on display versus one that will only store them and occasionally use them as a source for possible exhibitions, the donors of the best work will not look to LACMA but elsewhere. For all of Los Angeles. To me it seems like LACMA wants to make the museum more like a website or theme park ride. In case L.A. Times readers do not know, the new entrance garden covers 9,000 square feet of library storage at the Huntington. A letter responding to The Times’ coverage of the LACMA redesign was signed by Roger Newell of San Diego. Back then, Zumthor was best known for spending 30 years building a cave-like thermal spa in a Swiss commune, the interior of which looks eerily similar to the plans for the new LACMA building interiors. Meanwhile, Knight wrote a new editorial asking supervisors to reject the plan altogether and start from scratch. L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight has been an outspoken critic of the building since the new design was released last week. Zumthor described his LACMA design as "an organic shape, like a water lily." At the Broad, it’s even kind of fun. Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2020 holiday season. LACMA's proposed new building has been a slow moving train of controversy since it was first announced, Zumthor was the main man behind the design. It should be remembered that LACMA is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The tar pit-inspired plan had another a flaw. Apart from these shocking, significant procedural deficiencies, the Govan-Zumthor architectural plan is deeply flawed, from reducing the amount of gallery space to making that space glass-enclosed. 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