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A debate over the new LACMA (#3rdLA)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thorne Hall, Occidental College 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041 Map and directions

Architect Peter Zumthor’s plan to radically redesign the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has divided critics and architects in L.A. like no other proposal in recent memory.

LACMA director Michael Govan, Los Angeles Times art and architecture writer Carolina Miranda, architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee and architecture critic Greg Goldin joined Christopher Hawthorne to discuss the latest version of the Zumthor design, which now bends south to span Wilshire Boulevard. We'll hear from out-of-town critics and put the LACMA redesign in the context of other museum expansions around the country. We'll also talk about the legacy of William Pereira, architect of the 1965 LACMA buildings now on the chopping block, as well as how the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and the Miracle Mile are poised to change as the museum rebuilds, the subway arrives and other nearby cultural institutions, including the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, pursue their own building projects.

A unique collaboration among Occidental College, Southern California Public Radio and Christopher Hawthorne, this event is co-presented by Oxy and KPCC; The Third Los Angeles Project is directed by Christopher Hawthorne, professor of practice in the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College and architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times.