Quote of the Day: Brian T. Allen
"I don’t think Angelenos value encyclopedias of any kind. Long attention spans aren’t the norm. Pretty in Pink is historical. The Quattrocento and Quasimodo? 'So hard to keep those straight,' is the locals' mindset. It’s Dark Ages stuff. Los Angeles isn’t an egghead place, and no one expects the local civic museum to do Nobel-caliber scholarship. It’s got an hors d'oeuvres mentality, not one suited to eight-course dinners. Movies run around two hours, sitcoms 22 minutes, and screenplays more often than not adapt novels with an axe, not a scalpel. Museums in Southern California compete with the best weather in the world and hundreds of miles of sandy beaches on which buff surfers and present-day Gidgets cavort."
—Brian T. Allen
In the National Review, Brian T. Allen explains why Michael Govan's plan for rotating displays of LACMA's permanent collection is uniquely suited to Los Angeles audiences.
(Shown, ventriloquist's dummy Elmer Sneezewood, lately featured in LACMA's "Not I")