Sunday, March 22, 2020

"Art's institutional soul is in a state of flux"...

Two of this country's largest and oldest museums - the Metropolitan of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston - Turn 150 this year. And with both now shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, this is a good moment for them, and other big, traditionalist institutions in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere, to take stock and refocus. Art's institutional soul is in a state of flux. Years of turbulence, with demands for inclusiveness and truth-telling, have put the "encyclopedic" museum on the hot seat. Our critic delivers a five-point plan for how they might redefine their roles, rewrite their histories and thrive for the next 150 years.

NYT ~ Arts & Leisure, Sunday, March 22, 2020

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