11,000 CITIZENS HAVE SIGNED THE PETITION TO SHELVE THE ZUMTHOR DESIGN, TO STOP AND RETHINK BEFORE WE LOSE OUR MUSEUM. HEAR OUR VOICES:

OTHER VOICES - HEAR THEM!
THE LA TIMES RECEIVED AND PUBLISHED READER LETTERS IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ARTICLES REGARDING THE NEW LACMA DESIGN. HEAR THEIR VOICES
HEAR PROFESSIONALS ON THE ISSUE
"You’ve been conned! This will cripple one of the best encyclopedic museums in this country; cut an enormous amount of space for art; shatter the departments. This will be the most damaging museum renovation since [MoMA] 2004 self-destructed shortchanging its space.” -- Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Winning Art Critic

"I am horrified by everything I have seen, read and heard from my former colleagues about the ill-conceived new building for LACMA. The satellite venues, in particular, are a fantasy—the costs of construction or retro-fitting, staffing, security, maintenance, programming and transport of art make them completely untenable and will be astronomically expensive. They would also be unnecessary if LACMA were being rebuilt as the world-class museum it is. That would require permanent collection galleries; multiple exhibition spaces; walls capable of having art hung on them; minimization of natural light endangering vulnerable media; and curatorial offices, conservation, photography, library and collection storage all on the same campus. Experience has taught museum professionals that having collection storage off campus (and in this case at least 40 minutes away, if traffic is light) is never ideal and makes daily curatorial work extremely difficult and much more time-consuming. Unfortunately, the current plan “de-constructs” the museum under the guise of “constructing” it."  -- A former member of LACMA’s curatorial staff
"You’ve been conned! This will cripple one of the best encyclopedic museums in this country; cut an enormous amount of space for art; shatter the departments. This will be the most damaging museum renovation since [MoMA] 2004 self-destructed shortchanging its space.”
Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Winning Art Critic
"...The satellite venues, in particular, are a fantasy—the costs of construction or retro-fitting, staffing, security, maintenance, programming and transport of art make them completely untenable and will be astronomically expensive. ..."
A former member of LACMA’s curatorial staff