Though Caryn promised herself not to blog about the Tut exhibit at LACMA, I can’t help but point out this great article in the NY Times (What Price Love? Museums Sell Out) about the emerging trend of public art institutions selling out in one way or another. They talk not only about the Tut exhibit, but also about museums selling off their pricey holdings, leasing out their holdings to for-profit entities and this:
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Museum has entered into an arrangement even more problematic than the one for the King Tut show. Tut, after all, will come and go. But the museum is making more lasting plans with the billionaire contemporary art collector Eli Broad, letting him build a museum that he can oversee, with his name on it, on museum property – on public, tax-free land. Los Angeles County will then pay to maintain it.
Added to that, there is no guarantee that Eli Broad will eventually deed that collection to LACMA. While this isn’t necessarily new information (see also LA Times: Which Way, LACMA?), the article puts together a lot of disparate pieces of the puzzle.