FROM Laura Zucker
What's the Future of Art and MOCA? Four years ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art was on the brink of financial disaster. MOCA Trustee Eli Broad ponied up tens of millions of dollars to save it and installed a controversial new director to steward the place into the future. Since gallerist Jeffrey Deitch came to town, critics have opposed his leadership as too driven by flash and commercialism. He's reportedly been at odds from the start with MOCA's Paul Schimmel, who was pushed out three weeks ago from his $235,000 a year job.
Are the Arts the Key to LA's Future? Cutting back on music and arts education has often been justified in favor of reading, writing and math. They're said to be more relevant to future employment. In Southern California, that argument is now less convincing than ever. A new business study shows that the local economy is no longer dominated by aerospace, tourism or international trade, but by the creative industries. Fashion, furniture, architecture and industrial design are part of the picture, too. All this suggests the importance of training public school kids in the creative arts. However another study , also released today, says California schools are failing to meet state standards. We look at this economic shift and hear how LA public schools measure up when it comes to music, dance, theater and the visual arts.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.