Chevalier’s is delighted to host art writer and historian Suzanne Muchnic, who will be discussing and signing her new book, LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum in the Making, on Monday, December 7th at 7:00pm.
Suzanne draws on decades of experience as a Los Angeles Times art writer to relate the complicated story of how LACMA emerged as the largest general art museum in the western United States. Her in-depth reporting, fleshed out with private interviews and archival research, offers a lively tale about the convergence of art, money, people, and buildings that has produced a museum perpetually in the making.
Suzanne Muchnic, a longtime art writer for the Los Angeles Times and contributor to many art publications, has followed the evolution of Los Angeles’s art scene since the 1970s. Her biography of Norton Simon won the 2002 Donald Pflueger Local History Award of the Historical Society of Southern California. Helen Lundeberg: Poetry Space Silence (2014) recognizes the accomplishments of an extraordinary Los Angeles painter. In her latest book, LACMA So Far, Muchnic tracks the entire history of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from an art-poor branch of a multipurpose institution in Exposition Park to a cultural powerhouse on Wilshire Boulevard.
We at Chevalier’s love LACMA almost as much as we love Los Angeles, and we’re excited to learn more about the history of this LA landmark. We hope to see you there!