LACMA's New Normal
LACMA reopens Apr. 1. I visited this weekend for a member preview and found the COVID-safe changes fairly seamless and less intrusive than I'd imagined.
Early in the pandemic Michael Govan had spoken of eliminating wall texts, as they cause people to gather. But all the current exhibitions have the usual signage and labels. Crowding wasn't an issue with the 25 percent capacity limits. QR codes linking to guides are also available.
LACMA now requires timed reservations. On the day of the visit you'll receive an e-mail asking you to fill out an online health questionnaire. This seems a dubious gesture, given the current state of COVID awareness. When you arrive at the museum's entrance plaza, you need to show your reservation and your health questionnaire result on your cell phone. A talking robot checks visitors' temperatures (better than the gun to the forehead).
Remember when supermarkets marked off their aisles as one way? That lasted a few weeks. LACMA now places similar restrictions on the order in which you view shows (but not, thankfully, on navigation within galleries).
I suggest you hydrate before your visit. The urinals are now socially distanced "for your safety."
Bottom line: The current set-up isn't ideal for someone who can't navigate stairs or doesn't have a cell phone. Otherwise, it works.
By the way, to "D.E.I.A," I'd add the letter "B." For Bankruptcy. Maybe "C" too. For Con Job.
The encyclopedic museum, racism, and deaccessioning, it's all implicated.