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New York Times cultural reporter Robin Pogrebin discusses the plans for MOMA to take over the midtown Folk Art Museum space and for the Met to take over the Whitney's Madison Ave building.
or maybe they'll just gut it, or tear it down and expand some more.
I'm curious how the Modern will use the new space. It's certainly not a typical space for them--not really any large areas; most of it is pretty tight. It'll be interesting to see how they use it.
I'd be interested to hear a follow-up show focused on the point at which not-for-profit cultural institutions become for-profits. If a museum pays its director over a million dollars annually to preside over real-estate holdings rivalling the value of the museum collection, and the gift shop and catalogue generate more income than admissions, why does the "museum" deserve tax-exempt status? It sounds more like a business that happens to run a profitable exhibition gallery.
Do we really need this? First the Banks then the Oil Companies and on and on and now the Museums becoming huge conglomerates. Unfortunately those who really should have access to cultural institutions won't have access to them; they will price us out. After my first trip to Italy I realized just how much I really don't like museums based on how much of the culture in Italy and elsewhere around the world, the cities themselves are museums; they art it out in the open for ALL to enjoy not just the privileged. Museums have become too expensive and unattainable to many who would do well to have access to the culture they offer. The problem is that we don't have government support for the arts and culture, but that's an old argument in this country. And now there are more cutbacks being introduced in congress to cultural institutions.
that's too bad about the Whitney...my wife and I just celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Our first date was at the Whitney for a Rothko exhibit.
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