Can the City of Angels Muster a Miracle?
Now more than ever the city's relatively young
tradition of cultural philanthropy is being put to the test. With the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) engaged in a major capital campaign
and Lacma preparing to embark on one of its own, we are entering what
appears to be a do-or-die moment in fundraising for museums in Los
The stakes are high for both museums and for Los Angeles's credibility
as a world-class cultural destination. While the history of
museum-building here has depended heavily on lone-wolf collectors (think
J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, Armand Hammer and, most recently, Eli
Broad), its future clearly depends on a more diverse network of patrons
working with existing institutions.
Full story by Jori Finkel in Mutual Art