LACMA: Container and Contained
The best looking solar collectors I’ve ever seen slant over the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Renzo Piano’s striking modernist design provides a versatile space filled with abundant natural light.
Inside it’s more confusing. LACMA curators haven’t yet figured out how to use the open plan without it feeling like a warehouse. The current Olmec statuary exhibition has hundreds of artifacts spread throughout the main gallery with less sense of progression than you find in the layout of a 99¢ Store.
Then there’s the Resnick collection itself, which occupies nearly a quarter of the pavilion. So ornately classical it borders on kitsch, it even comes complete with – I kid you not – plastic lemon trees.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)