In a brief message sent to arts·meme at the end of his day in London, LACMA Director Michael Govan writes, “I think we have a real foundation for continued and sustainable growth of the program now.”
The just-announced new film program notably lacks the kind of stable financial underpinning that an endowment provides, nor there is an indication how long the agreed-upon collaboration between LACMA, Film Independent and the New York Times is to last.
Nonetheless it looks pretty darned good to me! Having trod the long journey from a canceled program back to this revamped version, which should bring new intellectual if not financial resources to the Bing, we look forward to supporting a vibrant film program to come! We hope to have a win/win deal, both for museum and audience.
Anne Thompson, the savvy industry analyst, does a good job of dissecting the collaboration between the museum and Film Independent.