“Art In Los Angeles”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Like most of the city’s cultural institutions, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrated Los Angeles’ bicentennial for most of last year. For its finale, the museum mounted two concurrent blockbusters: “The Museum as Site” displaced the European and American moderns and also spread over the museum’s grounds, hanging in trees and from the sides of the building; and “Seventeen Artists in the Sixties” was shoehorned into the special exhibitions area, the usual site for big shows. Together, these shows were given one blanket title: “Art in Los Angeles.”

“The Museum as Site” was intended to be seen as a contemporary overview, but when cornered it appeared as no more than a collection of subjective choices marked by an absence of rigor in selection. Despite curator Stephanie Barron’s catalogue statement that the two focuses of the exhibition were site-related art and installation art, the

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