Exhibition Inquisition
We need to talk about the Japanese Pavilion, Michael.
Michael Govan on his plans for a new Zumthor-designed LACMA:
Another issue could be the name game: three of the four buildings to be torn down under the Zumthor plan are named for their keystone donors: the Hammer and Ahmanson gallery buildings and the Bing Center, which houses the museum’s 600-seat theater. Govan acknowledged that this could be a sensitive matter.
"The names will not disappear," he said. They’ll be reassigned to some of the new building’s features. His message to the potentially displaced honorees, he said, has been "we can do it even better."
"I’m not going to say everyone’s going to be happy," he added. "It’s a conundrum" facing many institutions that replace old buildings with new ones.

We need to talk about the Japanese Pavilion, Michael.

Michael Govan on his plans for a new Zumthor-designed LACMA:

Another issue could be the name game: three of the four buildings to be torn down under the Zumthor plan are named for their keystone donors: the Hammer and Ahmanson gallery buildings and the Bing Center, which houses the museum’s 600-seat theater. Govan acknowledged that this could be a sensitive matter.

"The names will not disappear," he said. They’ll be reassigned to some of the new building’s features. His message to the potentially displaced honorees, he said, has been "we can do it even better."

"I’m not going to say everyone’s going to be happy," he added. "It’s a conundrum" facing many institutions that replace old buildings with new ones.

Agree or disagree: we should let arts organizations that don’t adapt die.
AGREE.  I remember when I brought this up in Grad School and people fell out of their seats.

"Cities have a lot to gain when they land major cultural landmarks. Cities have just as much to lose when a cultural project goes wrong." - Kriston Capps on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s plans for a Frank Gehry expansion (bottom image).

The same rationale may apply just as well to The Grand Avenue Project (top image - old renderings for the Grand.)

Would taxpayers be more willing to give additional funding if it was still called the Miami Art Museum?
“The Pérez Art Museum Miami wants a $2.5 million boost in government support, with taxpayers set to cover a third of the museum’s budget next year.”
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Birthday wishlist / next tattoo inspiration: Found this treasure at the @deyoungmuseum’s gift shop - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House textile brick trivet. 

Birthday wishlist / next tattoo inspiration: Found this treasure at the @deyoungmuseum’s gift shop - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House textile brick trivet. 

I sometimes forget the deyoungmuseum has a James Turrell skyscape tucked away in its sculpture garden.

I sometimes forget the deyoungmuseum has a James Turrell skyscape tucked away in its sculpture garden.

"Except for the giant Balloon Dog (oddly, only the red one) and a few of the other huge, shiny baubles for billionaires, I don’t like much that he made between 1994 and 2007.” - Jerry Saltz on the Koons retrospective at the Whitney.
I didn’t know there even was a red one!  Time to update the blog.

"Except for the giant Balloon Dog (oddly, only the red one) and a few of the other huge, shiny baubles for billionaires, I don’t like much that he made between 1994 and 2007.” - Jerry Saltz on the Koons retrospective at the Whitney.

I didn’t know there even was a red one!  Time to update the blog.

The Broad gets its first fashion spread in W Magazine featuring supermodel Raquel Zimmermann.

Ai Wei Whoops (L) - not as fun as Jeff Koons Must Die! (R).

Let’s talk some more about public-private development projects. Eli Broad with Mayor Garcetti.