The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA _ LACMA


I think many Angelenos would agree that the eastern campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is cluttered, difficult to navigate, and not the best public frontage or “front door” for the museum campus.  But it wasn’t always like that.  William Pereira’s original 1965 master plan called for a pleasant entrance courtyard off of Wilshire, surrounded by a trio of core buildings.  Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer Associates’ 1986 addition esentially created a wall along Wilshire Blvd., eliminating the open frontage to the museum.  Pity.


So this exhibit of Peter Zumthor’s vision for a new LACMA campus is funny in that, like its predecessors, it reimagines a new campus without these original core museum buildings.  This plan, and those famously proposed by OMA, call for the demolition and removal of all existing structures, and developing a new mega-museum building, one that houses all the museum’s functions under one roof.  Nice.  But maybe too easy? Is there nothing redeemable about the existing master plan to be salvaged?  It would be a much bigger feat, and more admirable, if architects were able to reuse some parts of the original buildings, tapping into the sentimental and emotional connections people have with the existing campus.  Instead of simply starting over?


Chris Burden’s Metropolis II @ LACMA

I’m always more intrigued by the way the audience interacts with the piece than the piece itself.


Clocks @ LACMA, Donuts @ ForYourArtLA

Biked down to LACMA with Kevin Biggers at 10:30pm in hopes of catching the  midnight passage of Christian Marclay’s 24 movie The Clock.  ”It is in effect a clock, but it is made of a 24-hour montage of thousands of time-related scenes from movies and some TV shows, meticulously edited to be shown in “real time”: each scene contains an indication of time (for instance, a timepiece, or a piece of dialogue) that is synchronized to show the actual time.”

Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive until 11:15pm, and by then, the line was all the way onto Wilshire Blvd.  We were still standing in line when midnight struck.  Within 5 minutes there was a large exodus of spectators.  So we stayed and caught the passing of 1am.  Needless, we got a lot of scenes from horror movies, bedside nightstand clocks, late night phone calls, etc.  What a treat.  I was in a trance watching the movie.  I highly recommend it to all those who are as deficient of attention as I am.

Around 1:15am, Kevin, Avishay, Marya, Tommy and I walked over to ForYourArt's new LA gallery space for Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City, “a 24-hour pop up donut shop, giving away donuts from LA's best known donut shops.  Donut and Clock: two round but seemingly unrelated objects that will be synchronized for this 24-hour event.”

They quickly ran out.  I only ate half a donut.  



Spent 4 hours at LACMA, 2 of which were spent at the Tim Burton exhibit, which closes on Oct. 31. Go see it.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop _ Resnick Pavilion and Broad Contemporary

As part of Pacific Standard Time, LACMA had an exibit called  California Design, 1930-1965: “Living In A Modern Way”  by Hodgetts + Fung.

They built the Eames House INSIDE the Resnick.   Just like I remembered, when I visited it in 2001

Pavilion for Japanese Art



Bitter Melon Trellis by M&A

Fashioning Fashion Exhibit

"Tilapia Island, the end" Puppet Show directed by Yelena Zhelezov