LACMA’s Tut exhibit to wrap up later

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This shows there is a value in art and culture in addition to what it does for the individual,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference at LACMA West, where crowds of tourists and students waited in line. Villaraigosa said the exhibit’s success brought home to him the importance of such events and he is looking to increase the $13 million budget of the city Cultural Affairs Department – either through direct funding or fundraising. “I tell you it is a shame for us not to spend more,” Villaraigosa said. “When cities such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco spend more than this city, the entertainment capital of the world, it is just wrong.” LACMA President Melody Kanschat said the Tut exhibit is the second-most popular in the museum’s history – exceeded only by the 1978 exhibit of King Tut. “It has brought a whole new audience to the museum and helped us immensely,” Kanschat said, estimating that 52 percent of those who came to the exhibit were visiting the museum for the first time. In a city where fame is fleeting, the boy king endures. The exhibit of King Tut – which has drawn worldwide attention and helped revive the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – will remain for five extra days, officials announced Thursday. Instead of departing Nov. 15 for its next stop in Florida, organizers said, it will remain until Nov. 20 to allow an extra 100,000 people to view the artifacts. So far, more than 800,000 people have gone through the exhibit, contributing more than $200 million to the local economy, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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