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The Santa Monica Museum of Art announced today that it will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The museum also said it has launched capital campaign with a goal of $5 million, to which donors have so far contributed a total of $1.9 million.

Even though my title here at the (then) Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, reflected more of a role, I essentially was the Chief Preparator/Installer. I would not have dreamed of “designing” a show for the Curator, Carole Ann Klonarides, or these artists. My job was to give them what they needed to do their work. I hope that continues to motivate my collaborations in the best way possible.

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All photos courtesy of Santa Monica Museum of Art except where noted.

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The museum, which left its home in Bergamot Station last year, will relocate to a new building in Downtown L.A. at 1717 East Seventh Street, a project that will be designed by Los Angeles–based architectural practice wHY, led by the firm’s creative director, Kulapat Yantrasast. The building will have 12,700 square feet of space, including 7,000 square feet for exhibitions. It will open in spring 2017.

These new additions bring the total number of members to ten. In a statement, the president of the board of directors, Laura Donnelley, said:

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(l-r) Installation views for “Fifteen: Jim Isermann Survey”, 1999. Curated by David Pagel.;
Me giving a tour to visiting friends, Diane Settel McKeever and Mary Ann Blackmore (photo courtesy Tempe Frank).

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