WAACNewsletter
Volume 10, Number 3, Sept 1988, pp.10-11

In the News

Rosanna Zubiate, column editor

Tuesday, April 19, 1988. Los Angeles Times. "Old Movie Costumes: a Clothes Encounter", by Bob James, Times Staff Writer. The debate as to who should house the collection of Hollywood memorabilia, once belonging to the now defunct Hollywood Museum Association and now in the hands of the city of Los Angeles, is again being debated. A 1986 agreement between the city and Museum Assn. to keep the costumes and articles in Hollywood, stated that if a museum did not exist, "the collection must be displayed around the Los Angeles area to 'memorialize Hollywood.'" The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is negotiating to house the collection while at the same time conserve and care for the many pieces of costume. Richard Adkins, Executive Director of Hollywood Heritage, an historical organization has stated, "we are a Hollywood museum and as such should receive this material."

Sunday, May 22, 1988. Los Angeles Times Magazine. Vol. IV, no 20, pp.8-19,36,45. "Battle for the Masterpieces", by Robert A. Jones. A thorough investigation into the many thoughts which may have influenced Armand Hammer to announce that his collection will be housed in the soon to be constructed Hammer Museum in Westwood.

Thursday, June 9, 1988. Los Angeles Times. Part III, p. 3. "Librarians Check out Book-Saving Routines", by Clara Rivera. Please see write-up in "Conferences In Review" section.

Sunday, July 7, 1988. New York Times. "Hundreds of Art Works Mildewing in New York Museum Warehouse", by Douglas C. McGill. Because of lack of funds, some of the hundreds of paintings, objects, and artifacts belonging to the New York Historical Society are said to have experienced irreversible damage while in storage. According to the Society's staff of conservators "the rapid deterioration of the works has been arrested." The Trustees of the Historical Society are said to "dislike pleading for money." And because of some planning inefficiencies the Society has had to return both N.E.A. and I.M.S. grants.

August 15, 1988. Newsweek. "The Skeletons in the Closet", p. 58. A 'major suite' of paintings created in 1962 by Mark Rothko for Harvard University is on display at the Sackler Museum in Cambridge. This exhibition will be the one and final public display, as the canvases are light-sensitive. Because of the use of Lithol Red (a light-sensitive pigment), the paintings are irreversibly faded and damaged. After a two month exhibition period, the murals will be put in storage for view only to scholars.

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