The fountain made by sculptor Alexander Calder in the 1960s for LACMA has always been called Hello Girls
. Museum lore has it that the committee of women that championed the fountain inspired the title, but Calder said it had more to do with the salutary, gleeful look of the sculpture's rotating, primary-colored discs. He also referred in a note to the sculpture as Three Quintains
, a more serious-sounding jousting reference, which the museum has decided to use as the fountain's official title. Hello Girls
will follow it in parentheses. This decision coincides with the museum's newly opened Calder retrospective, a show of 50 fantastically well-made works treated seriously, but not so seriously as to dampen the whimsy. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; through July 27. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 24. Continues through July 27, 2013
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