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Suggest a thread to mention interesting exhibitions you mean to attend.   Philip Pearlstein's retrospective at Monclair Art Museum, till Feb 1, 2009.   will add more later

here too   definitely planning to go.  

The Wallace Gallery at Columbia U. has a small show of works by Edward Koren, one of the cartoonists at The New Yorker. Interesting to see his evolution - as a student at CU, Koren worked on the humo

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Then we wouldn't be able to see a lot of great art, I guess.


Here's the Met's Mission Statement:


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."[1]

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 History
also a place where objects are exhibited an art museum


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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?"



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I just saw Brice Marden’s recent work at the Gagosian UES but it was the last day, so a bit late to say it was good.


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?

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Vija Celmins, big retrospective at the Breuer.


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.

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