So, ladies and gentlemen, let's start with the notion of a festive celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of a museum known for rich collections and smart, edgy exhibitions. The celebration of such an anniversary, obviously, calls for a particularly well-chosen exhibition and requires meticulous preparation. Then, imagine --just a few days before hundreds of guests were scheduled to arrive for the big opening, disaster hit and chaos ensued.
No, I am not making it up. This is the actual story of what recently happened at The Fowler Museum at UCLA, just a few days before the scheduled opening of the exhibition (November 2, 2014) by Pascale Marthine Tayou, high profile Cameroon artist who currently lives and works in Belgium.