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")
But the political trends that foster the dismantling of Western civilization are occurring simultaneously too. So people like Hollywood-airhead Govan meet Deconstructionist airheads in general. The best of both worlds.
"Let them eat cake!," grumble the elite, as they pretend to feel your pain and stick you with the bill.
Truth is a lot of smart things happen in the LA area. You just have to know where to look --- from the Huntington Library to UC Irvine. (Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, taught at UC Irvine, 1986 to 2004.)
As to Allen, who is he kidding? Almost nobody goes to the Met for "eight-course dinners"? In short, some of the people who visit the Met are just as stupid as some of the people who visit LACMA. As an example of that, just read CulturalGrrl's post on her recent visit to the Met. Her interpretation of Da Corte's Roof Garden Commission was as stupid as it gets.