The rumor-mill has been churning non-stop over LACMA director Michael Govanâ€™sÂ and architect Peter Zumthorâ€™s plans for the museum. Basically it looks likeÂ they are planning to take LACMA apart and start over; an effort that failed when attempted by Rem Koolhaas and OMA back in the early 2000s. The full scope of the plans will be unveiled in June, with LACMAâ€™s exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. But for now weâ€™ve gleaned that under Zumthorâ€™s plan, not only would there be a new indoor/outdoor art park, but fourÂ of the museumâ€™s midcentury structures would be replaced by â€œcurvaceous modern glass structures.â€ That basically includes everything but the Bruce Goff pavilion and Renzo Pianoâ€™s new structures. Letâ€™s see if the second timeâ€™s the charm.
The Wall Street Journal recently published a confirmation of two things we’ve been hearing whispers of for years: One, Michael Govan is more of a builder than a museum director; and two, that Govan and Peter Zumthor are planning to basically take LACMA apart and start over. The full scope of the plans will be unveiled in June, with LACMA’s exhibition, The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. But for now the story has gleaned that under Zumthor’s plan, four of the museum’s midcentury structures will be replaced by “curvaceous modern glass structures.”
As confirmed on its blog yesterday, the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtÂ (LACMA) has made a proposal to acquire the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA).Â “Our chief desire is to see MOCAâ€™s program continue and to serve the many artists and other Angelenos, for whom MOCA means so much,” said LACMA director Michael Govan in an online letter. Reportedly LACMA would preserve MOCA’s two buildings, located on Grand Avenue and in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles.Â According to the LA Times, the offer was made back on February 24.Â As part of the arrangement, LACMA would raise $100 million for the combined museums as a condition for completing the deal, according to their story.
Another suitor for struggling MOCA is the University of Southern California (USC), which has been reported to have been in talks to merge with MOCA as well. That arrangement has a model in UCLA, which is partnered with the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Either way, it looks like something has to be done about financially-troubled MOCA:Â â€œIf not us, who?â€ Mr. Govan said in an interview with the New York Times yesterday.