Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's a Wonderful Life

You know how anti-abortion zealots organize exhibits and Halloween "haunted houses" of bloody fetuses? There's a show much like that on view at LACMA now. Titled "Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008," it offers a look at what might pass for a contemporary art show in an alternate future where MOCA commits suicide by merging with LACMA.
I don't mean to say the Vanity Fair show is infinitely bad. The point is, much that is unthinkable at MOCA is thinkable at LACMA, and that's something to think about. Every MOCA board member should be required to see this show. Be warned: It's not for the weak of stomach.

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