PRINT Summer 1964

A Note on the Contemporary Art Council

THE FOCAL POINT in the visual arts in southern California is, of course, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—that over-worked, much-criticized, understaffed entity that had been assuming myriad responsibilities long before these responsibilities were the popular issues they have recently become.

The situation of the museum is a unique one. The Museum of Art is not one museum, but many. Under one roof, one administration and one budget it assumes responsibility for presenting an astounding range from ancient artifacts to the most recent art. The establishment of the Contemporary Art Council in 1961 is an example of the unique methods with which the Museum has met, and indeed, partly overcome some of the challenges which arise from this mammoth task.

In mid-1961 James Elliot met with six couples (Messrs. and Mrs. Stanley Freeman, Melvin Hirsh, John Rex, Frederick Weisman, Harry Sherwood and

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