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LACMA reports increase in attendance for 2010

January 4, 2011 |  1:34 pm


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has reported that overall attendance for 2010 rose more than 9% from 2009 levels. The museum said attendance received a lift from the opening of the new Resnick Pavilion as well as exhibitions devoted to Pierre-Auguste Renoir and American paintings.

LACMA said attendance for the calendar year 2010 was 914,396, a 9.6% increase over 2009 attendance of 834,143. The museum reported a strong surge in attendance during the three days after Christmas -- with 12,083 admissions versus 6,956 from the same period last year.

The most-attended exhibitions of 2010 were "Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection," one of the inaugural shows at the Resnick Pavilion, which had approximately 134,000 admissions; "Renoir in the 20th Century," with approximately 130,000 admissions; and "American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915," with approximately 65,000 admissions.

The museum also said that it expected the Resnick Pavilion's two other inaugural shows -- "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico" and "Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail" -- to post comparable attendance figures as "Eye for the Sensual" after they close on Jan. 9 and March 6, respectively.

The Resnick Pavilion, which opened in October to much fanfare, is the latest addition to the LACMA campus. The building was designed by architect Renzo Piano and was named after donors Lynda and Stewart Resnick. LACMA said the Resnick Pavilion has seen more than 134,000 visitors since opening its doors to the public.

-- David Ng

Photos: The Resnick Pavilion at LACMA. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


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Sounds like LACMA is benefiting from the mis-step after mis-step that Jeffrey Deitch is inflicting on MOCA.

In the MOCA vs. LACMA category - we can put a Julian Schnable show up against the Tim Burton show and wonder which is lower? Deitch-Govan as taste-makers? Is there really a big difference?

Much of LACMA's admissions increase comes on their free monthly Tuesdays. People PACK in those days since they don't have to pay. That said, free or paid, it's nice that this wonderful, attractive, museum in the city's best location is increasing their attendance. Too bad all the multimillionaires and billionaires in the city haven't seen fit to help them financially with resurrecting that eyesore of the old May Co building. That's the final piece of the puzzle, and being in the most dominant corner position, should be a priority.


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