LACMA Launches ‘Reading Room’ Scans of Archived Catalogs

The film program debacle at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seems very well worn now, so let’s move on to something more positive, shall we? Late last week, the museum launched their new “Reading Room” site, which includes complete scans of 10 of their art catalogs, with heavy emphasis on the 60s, but a few from the 70s and 80s as well. If you’re looking for a full day to kill, here’s your link for the day. Start looking at one and you’ll get hooked almost immediately, particularly when it’s something extra fantastic like the New York School catalog, which looks to be a pre-run proofing copy with notes here and there in red pen, crossing out misspellings and dates. The museum plans to keep rolling out more scans of these books, with the next batch to be released sometime around April. We couldn’t be more happy with this and hope they receive funding to keep it going until every catalog is available online and every other museum on the planet follows suit (that’s not asking too much, is it?).