AirTalk for May 15, 2013

LACMA director Michael Govan talks museum redesign

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is set to unveil a multimillion-dollar plan for a rebuild. The new look is designed by acclaimed architect Peter Zumthor, which would turn the museum's main building along Wilshire Blvd. into a series of glass-walled galleries. The cost of the project is expected to be paid for by trustees and donors.

This is not the first time the museum has tried for an ambitious makeover. In 2001, the LACMA board gave the redesign plan drawn up by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas the go-ahead, but the project was scrapped a couple years later when fundraising came up short.

Would the Peter Zumthor plan get the financial support it needs? Should LACMA spend this much money on a new structure? Should the money go toward beefing up its collection instead?

Guest:
Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Director


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