LACMA cancels exhibits to help close deficit

The economy’s forcing the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to cut back on exhibits it had planned in the next year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LACMA, as it’s known, has canceled photography and painting exhibits, partly to help close a budget deficit. For the same reason, museum administrators have postponed two other exhibits until the next fiscal year.

Museum spokeswoman Barbara Pflaumer says the museum’s budget last year was $60 million, $7 million more than the budget its trustees recently approved. In the last year the museum’s laid off about 5 percent of its employees. Pflaumer said there’ll be no raises or promotions for the museum’s remaining 340 employees.

The county of Los Angeles provides about half the museum’s budget. That hasn’t changed, the spokeswoman said, but other sources of income have dropped. Administrators hope crowds and money will stream in for two big shows early next year: an exhibit of French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and a traveling collection of American master painters that includes works by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent.

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