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Putting the cart before the horse on the new LACMA?

To the editor: Tyler Green raises important issues relating to the future of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ("Will L.A. County give its art the space it's due?," op-ed, May 2) The museum is starting with architectural conclusions before asking the right programmatic questions. What is LACMA's vision for a 21st century museum, and how will the experience of art relate to that vision and belong to Los Angeles? At the moment, there is a premature emphasis on the design of a new building without an adequate exploration of what we want the museum to become. It is in the becoming of something else that significant architecture is born, and it begins with questions...