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With Pacific Standard Time, Getty finally climbs down from hilltop oasis it built 20 years ago

With Pacific Standard Time, Getty finally climbs down from hilltop oasis it built 20 years ago

Last week in this space, to mark the 20th anniversary of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, I raised a series of questions about how life in Los Angeles might be different had Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., designed well before the museum, managed to avoid fundraising delays and open before it as well. Would the much-touted Bilbao Effect have been ours, a Bunker Hill Effect, instead?

A different set of questions might be asked about another major museum set to celebrate its 20th birthday this fall: Richard Meier’s Getty Center.

To wit: What if the Getty, instead of hiring a New York firm to design a single billion-dollar museum complex on a...

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