FROM Elizabeth Diller
A Global Art Museum Boom, and More Showy Building Skins The Broad has opened -- but the story doesn't stop there. It is just one of numerous new museums built worldwide in the last few years. What's fueling the art museum binge? DnA talks art, money and what drives the public to museums, with CSULB's Nizan Shaked and the LA Times' Carolina Miranda. The Broad has a much discussed skin that exemplifies "parametric" design. It was built by Matt Construction and they are busy on another LA building with an even showier skin, and it's causing a strong reaction: the Petersen Automotive Museum . With architect Elizabeth Diller, Curbed LA's Marissa Gluck and Carolina Miranda.
Broad's Grand Plans A few weeks back, Eli Broad unveiled the design for his new contemporary art museum , to be built on Grand Avenue opposite MOCA and next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The design, by admired Manhattan architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro , looks like a piece of sculpture in itself and makes a dramatic feature out of its concrete "skin." Frances talks to architect Elizabeth Diller about the light-filled warehouse space for art, and gets the opinions of critic Sam Lubell on the design. But The Broad, as it's being called, is also hoping to transform this part of downtown into a destination. Councilwoman Jan Perry talks about the impact she thinks it will have on the area, and some local residents give their thoughts about what else Grand Avenue is missing. Site on which the Broad Museum will be built The architects call the Broad's diaphanous concrete skin the "veil;" encased inside is the "vault" Inside, visitors will board an escalator that takes them to a fourth floor gallery Art will be exhibited in a column-free, sunlit space that's over an acre in size This fly-through video shows the museum in relation to Grand Avenue's other landmarks
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."