June 26, 2006

Battle for the soul of a museum

From the LA Times, 6/26/06:

Southwest Museum's future at heart of tussleThe coalition doesn't deny that the iconic Southwest building needs work and that the collection is getting better care now, she said. But in its zest to expand in Griffith Park, she said, the Autry is deliberately underestimating the 12-acre Mt. Washington site's potential as a museum location.

Not so, Gray maintains. Without the Autry's intervention in 2003, "the Southwest would have closed," he said. "And it would have closed for good reason. It didn't have the attendance, it didn't have the membership, it didn't have the public that was needed to keep the doors open."

For more on the subject, see New Beginning for a Gem of a Museum.

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