Make or break for LACMA redesign; Sterling Ruby on Specter

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Sterling Ruby’s “Specter” is a bright orange aluminum box that is drawing art pilgrims to the desert. © Sterling Ruby

LACMA's proposed museum extension made a big leap forward this week, amidst heated arguments for and against the project. LA County Supervisors voted Tuesday to release $117.5 million towards the $650 million cost of Peter Zumthor's replacement building. LACMA director Michael Govan makes the case for an adventurous design for a creative city. And music lovers heading to Coachella will see one of the desert’s brighter blooms en route: Sterling Ruby’s vivid orange Specter. Ruby tells DnA why orange figures in so much of his art.