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Santa Monica Museum of Art to Leave Bergamot Station

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is leaving Bergamot Station, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm. It will cease operations temporarily to assess its options elsewhere.

Boehm writes, “Executive director Elsa Longhauser and the museum’s eight full-time employees will pack up and starting in June work out of offices in Century City that will become the planning hub for whatever is to come next—with rent paid for by a donor.”

The museum’s decision to leave came about after a year of back and forth with the Santa Monica City Council and private developers. During that, Boehm notes, “the museum's vision for the part of Bergamot Station that's owned by the city was derailed, while its relations with the neighboring galleries soured.”

As readers may remember, the museum’s landlord, also a gallery owner, raised rent in part as a protest against the expansion plan envisioned by the city for the museum.