It may be our little corner of the world – Wilshire and Fairfax – but the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is certainly making national headlines for a couple of projects in the works that will change the face of what many of us consider our ‘local’ digs. We love dropping into LACMA on a whim – maybe just to see one exhibit, or to catch free music on Friday and Saturday in the pavillion, or for a quick lunch in the open, airy cafeteria.
There are lots of exciting changes in the works under Director Michael Govan. The Academy of Motion Pictures announced plans to move its museum, originally slated for a two block site in Hollywood, to the former May Company building that commands the Southwest corner of the LACMA property. You can already imagine plans for a giant gold Oscar statuette to peer down on the busy intersection – the curved backdrop of gold mosaic is already there just waiting for its spotlight!
But that’s not all. The ROCK is headed our way – And this truly is a rock! The centerpiece of sculptor Michael Heizer’s monolithic piece “Levitated Mass” is a 340 ton stone that is making its logistically-challenged route from 60 miles out in Riverside to its new Wilshire Boulevard home. It’s a fantastic story, detailed by the New York Times in LACMA Moves a 340 Ton Rock.
Read the LA Times pros and cons of having tinseltown set up camp in the art world: What Movie Museum Could Mean for LACMA.
The Washington Post reports on the deal in Oscar organizers aim to create world-class film exhibition.
Curbed LA has their take on the Academy moving its museum plans from Vine (in the former Big Lots and KFC area) to Wilshire: Academy’s Movie Museum Ditching Hollywood.