Swooping Into the Newest LACMA Wing

Monday, June 21, 2010

LACMA’s new Resnick Pavilion by Renzo Piano doesn’t open until October, but the museum has given visitors a few chances to look inside. The results, which we took advantage of last week, are impressive. The single story, open-plan space feels raw, exposed, and much more comfortable in its skin than its neighbor, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (also by Piano, by the way). Here are some of my snaps of the new building, which is fitted with an installation by Walter De Maria (called The 2000 Sculpture) made up of hundreds of repetitive plaster shapes that make up a mesmerizing grid, really bringing out the best in this new building.

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3 Responses to “Swooping Into the Newest LACMA Wing”

  1. […] were glad to see so many people in the Resnick Pavilion during our “flash visit” a couple weeks ago. Did you […]

  2. […] Nasher in Dallas, and the Modern Wing of the Chicago Art Institute, but they eluded him in BCAM. A Walter de Maria installation comprising rows of white bars filled the 45,000-square-foot expanse of the Resnick for a month […]

  3. Silvercloud says:

    The Piano building is a wonderful building for displaying art. The galleries large open space adds a new type of environment for art that does not currently exist in this city. The closest is the MOCA Little Tokyo. This different space compliments all the other museums in the city.

    Why this great work of architecture would have as an inaugural exhibition a body of work as mediocre as the Resnick Collection only demeans those who agreed to display such inferior work. Did those that made the decision to show those pieces (I will not call it art) succumb to the power of the Resnick dollar and ignore what they should know is the difference between what is good and bad? Do those that are in such a position not know the difference and should find other employment? As public employees they do work for us. Can’t we expect them to do the job we are paying for? Are we at a point where we allow the rich to buy their way into public and non-profit institutions and give their bad taste credibility and value($)? How much value has the “Resnick collection” gained in value by being placed in such a prestigious institution?

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