Art: Getting On the Map

New money fuels Los Angeles' museum surge

Q. What's the difference between Los Angeles and a bowl of yogurt?

A. Yogurt has a live culture.

Time to pension off that oldie, at least where the visual arts are concerned. The '80s have been growth years for new museums across America, and nowhere more so than in Los Angeles. The end of 1986 saw a variety of art institutions either up or growing amid the sprawl of freeways. The most newsy, which opened early in December to a white glare of publicity faintly shaded with apprehension, is the Museum of Contemporary Art, known by its acronym MOCA. It was...

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