Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pomegranate-gate in the Resnick Pavilion

Conspiracy theorists should check out a post on LACMA's Unframed blog, ostensibly reporting on routine tests of concrete sealants for the floor of the unopened Resnick Pavilion. The concrete is being subjected to a variety of stain-producing fluids, including pomegranate juice. The pavilion's donors, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, just happen to have made a fortune marketing POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. Coincidence?
The Unframed blog's photo clearly shows the double-bulb bottle of POM Wonderful. Curiously, the photo is mirror-reflected: note the reversed print on the labels. Was this to dial down a too-blatant product placement? Or to avoid the implication that the Resnicks' antioxidant-rich fruit drink stains like Rit dye?

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