If you've driven down 6th Street in Mid-City in, oh -- the last several years? -- you've likely seen both the preparations and the putting-together of the Lynda and Steward Resnick Pavilion, the large and low building that sits just north of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
And if you've checked in with the news over, oh -- the last several years? -- you heard about the care (and time) being taken with much-celebrated construction, due in part to various bones of a mammothian being unearthed. LACMA, of course, shares real estate with the LA Brea Tar Pits.
But now we've reached fall 2010, the Resnick is complete, and it has already had its gala and its pomp and its speechery. Now, it is all about the public, which it really has been from the beginning, like any excellent art institution. LACMA is opening the Resnick Pavilion, for free, to all, on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3.
The three exhibits within the massive space -- an area that's billed as "the largest, purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world" -- are "Fashioning Fashion," which looks at European clothing from the last few centuries, "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico," which boasts "basalt portrait heads," and "Eye for the Sensual," which contains pieces from the Resnicks' own collection.
It's a beautiful building. Renzo Piano was the man who held the first pen on the project, and if you think those lipstick-red tubes on the outside are wonderfully reminiscent of the tubes running up the famous Centre Pompidou in France, you'd be right.