Post #580 • July 14, 2005, 9:58 AM • 14 Comments
Tyler Green has been going on a tear lately about museums and their directors displaying more financial than curatorial acumen: LACMA, the Gug, MoMA, the Getty, the AIC, the Boston MFA (repeatedly) - and that's just the front page of Modern Art Notes.
I very much want to agree with Tyler, because a lot of this behavior offends my sense of decency. My problem is that when I try to prove him right, I can't come up with anything cogent. Bloggers who understand money better than I do, notably Todd Gibson and Felix Salmon, disagree with him, saying essentially that the continual pressures of financial success force museums to do predictable, perhaps excusable things, and that public and private entities can work together to everyone's benefit. When I try to prove them wrong, I can't come up with anything cogent either. Somebody help me sort through this.