Eli Broad’s new book is called “The Art of Being Unreasonable.”
In February, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil the first phase of its renovation and expansion, including the opening of a new building devoted to contemporary art -- the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (that's Broad as in Eli and Edythe Broad, our local Medicis) or, as the acronymists at LACMA have dubbed it, BCAM.
Broad's three top unreasonable priorities are to turn around the city's and country's dysfunctional public education system, raise the level of public support for the arts, and -- a bit more reasonable -- upgrade medical and scientific research standards.
For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of two elites -- one predominately WASPish, the other predominately Jewish. Although they occasionally collaborated on projects such as the MusicCenter, the two worlds remained largely separate and indifferent to each other, living in a ruling-class version of institutional apartheid.