Sarah Schrank


On her book Art and the City: Civic Imagination and Cultural Authority in Los Angeles

Cover Interview of March 19, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“On the fraught relationship between art and Los Angeles politics.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“In cities, public art is frequently a controversial way for the powerful to exert their power and for the powerless to have a voice.”

On the second:

“As obsessed with constructing its own self-image as it may be, Los Angeles is a city whose popular notoriety lies in its dark tales of corruption, false promises of stardom, smoggy sun, and relished artifice.”