FROM Christopher Knight
UCLA’s Plan for a New Art Infrastructure UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture is about to get a major redesign. A major donation will allow the school to create a new building that will house state-of-the-art work spaces for its elite students. UCLA has a top-rated Master of Fine Arts program, which only admits about 20 students a year. It’s the second-highest rated MFA program in the country - after Yale. But the new investment is about more than just that handful of students.
Rare Art Rolled Up Under the Couch Most people don’t discover rare 18th century masterpieces rolled up under their sofa, but that’s exactly what happened to Christina Jones Janssen. The masterpiece in question? Miguel Cabrera’s From Spaniard and Morisca, Albino. It shows a Spanish father and a Moorish North African mother, and between them, their albino baby. It’s a casta painting, which is a controversial Mexican genre that shows domestic scenes of interracial marriages. And the artist, Miguel Cabrera, is known as a master in this field. LACMA has acquired the painting and will have it on display later this month.
MOCA, LACMA and Eli Broad The art world is all abuzz over the latest offer to help the Museum of Contemporary Art, with its world-class collection of works created since 1945. Five years ago, MOCA was bailed out by local billionaire Eli Broad, but it's still in more than one kind of trouble, and LACMA, LA County's Museum of Art has proposed a merger.
Is MOCA Still in the Hole? Financial problems at LA's Museum of Contemporary Art drew the attention of the State Attorney General when trustees paid bills with endowment money earmarked for other purposes. Two years ago, LA billionaire Eli Broad promised to match funds raised by the museum up to $15 million. In the first fiscal year of the bailout, the museum raised $6.25 million, leaving $8.75 million of Broad's money for the fiscal year that just ended. How much has MOCA raised to match it? Zero. MOCA has also undergone months of staff turmoil, culminating in last week's firing — or resignation — of Chief Curator Paul Schimmel , who's credited with giving the museum a first-class international reputation.
Eli Broad to the Rescue The nation's best Museum of Contemporary Art has spent down its endowment to meet operating expenses. That's led to an investigation by the California State Attorney General. The LA County Museum of Art offered a merger , but today MOCA's trustees declined. They accepted a deal from MOCA’s founding chairman, philanthropist Eli Broad . He will match the contributions of others up to $15 million and provide another $3 million a year for five years to fund exhibitions.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.