LACMA’s tight budget means fewer touring exhibitions in town

There will be a little less art over the next 12 months at the LA County Museum of Art. The museum on Wilshire Boulevard is starting its new fiscal year today with a $53 million budget. That’s $7 million less than last year.

LACMA president Melody Kanschat told KPCC’s AirTalk that the museum is in good shape financially. But they have had to make some difficult cost-saving choices.

Melody Kanschat: "One of those was sort of a rethinking of our photography program. Another exhibition, the tour fell apart because other institutions along the line were also having budget problems. That was the Meireles exhibition. That will not be coming to Los Angeles. And then a final exhibition &ndash the Gorky exhibition &ndash is something that we would still love to see come to Los Angeles, but the costs right now are looking so high we won’t be able to do it."

The LA County Museum of Art had planned to show works by Brazilian conceptual artist Cildo Meireles in November.

The Gorky exhibition, featuring the work of abstract artist Arshile Gorky, was scheduled to come to L.A. next June.