So many Exhibitions, So Little Time
Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:29 AM
Posted 03 June 2019 - 06:55 PM
If museums have to rely on ticket sales to stay open, then they CAN'T fulfill their mission and should probably close and leave the field to for-profit enterprises that are SUPPOSED to be run that way.
Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:56 PM
Then we wouldn't be able to see a lot of great art, I guess.
Here's the Met's Mission Statement:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction."
This statement of purpose has guided the Museum for over 140 years.
On January 13, 2015, the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art reaffirmed this statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.
Nowhere do i see the words in that mission, "to the populace, for free."
Nor do I see not-for-profit in Webster's definition of what a museum is.
Definition of museum
: an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value American Museum of Natural Historyalso : a place where objects are exhibited an art museum
Posted 03 June 2019 - 08:04 PM
Fully get that, like the Harley Davidson at the Guggenheim. But the Met isn’t struggling to keep the doors open.
Narrator Voice: Not so Fast.
" Let’s talk a little bit about that financial picture you inherited when you arrived. I mean you had a debt that was approaching $40 million; your operating losses were in the vicinity of $10 million, and you made a commitment– and the board– to have a balanced budget by 2020, and that appears to be on track. Now I know this is not rocket science, but there is something to it. What were the steps, and what were the actions you took to right the ship?"
“We wanted a higher level of culinary discourse”
"I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning."
Posted 07 July 2019 - 02:41 AM
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at the Broad. An exhibit organized by the Tate Modern in conjunction with the Broad and others. https://www.thebroad...oul-of-a-nation Some serious stuff. Some powerful stuff. Some historical stuff. If it hasn't been to Brooklyn, it's coming.
Then that happened.
I traveled to Tijuana to smack the federali
Who packing avocado toast like Mario Batali--Black Thought
Posted 19 September 2019 - 07:38 PM
"Käthe Kollwitz" aka founding Guerrilla Girl gave a fun talk tonight at Haus der Kunst. I hope they do more digging into the economics of the art world -- that is a rock with a lot of creepy crawlies underneath. By the way if El Anatsui ever has a show in your city, GO.
Posted 30 November 2019 - 12:51 AM
The mistake one makes is to react to what people post rather than to what they mean.---Dr. Johnson
I want to be the girl with the most cake.
Posted 20 December 2019 - 09:13 PM
Theaster Gates at Haus der Kunst.
The Kunsthalle is showing a tapestry exhibit including stuff from Picasso, Miró, and...Louise Bourgeois. Gotta go.
Posted 21 December 2019 - 02:26 PM
The show of Sargent portrait drawings at the Morgan Library. Stunning.
I really wish I could see this.
Posted 22 December 2019 - 12:16 AM
There are three Manets at the Frick worth a look, especially a knockout still life (fish ‘n’ shrimps), but why will they not do something about the lighting in the rotunda which gives the top of every large painting a blinding glare?
Posted 05 January 2020 - 11:48 PM
I have tried and tried, and I thought seeing a lot her work together would help, but leaves me cold. The diligence is evident but I can’t get past the tedium of the subject matter. Night sky after night sky, sea after sea. Yes, the images are different, but I can’t see anything in the differences which matters.
But maybe it’s me. I didn’t get Twombly for years, but he’s now one of my favorite painters.