Given that the Frank Gehry exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) made its way from the Centre Pompidou, where it opened in 2014, one might have been tempted to see this as a homecoming. Certainly the drive from the I-10 freeway through the neighborhood called Little Ethiopia seemed a fitting gateway. The incongruity of small houses, modest-size apartment buildings, and unpretentious shops occupying space between large fitness centers and strip malls prepared one for the marvelous cacophony of form we have come to expect from the office of Gehry Partners, an architecture firm based in Los Angeles for several decades. Indeed, this ability to...

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