July 30, 2007, 12:44 pm
The place to start is NYTer Charles McGrath’s look at Met director Philippe de Montebello. Sure, it’s a little florid in spots. And if de Montebello “is the sort of director who believes in the Enlightenment notion of the museum as a temple,” it’s certainly one at which money-changers are welcome. (Except, sometimes, in the bookstore.) And I’m uncomfortable with the kind of kill-the-guy-off-before-he’s-dead speculation at the end of the story. It’s still a must-read.
Speaking of de Montebello, don’t miss Our Man as a young cover model.
The Post-Dispatch’s David Bonetti writes smartly on how the Pulitzer organizes thematic shows around its building.
LA Weekly scribe Doug Harvey on performance art, archiving performance, and the Getty Research Institute’s archiving of performances. (Don’t miss the GRI’s web features for the exhibition, including this weekly podcast. I say this all the time, but square inch-for-square inch, the GRI’s closet-sized gallery is the best- and smartest-programmed small space in America. I wish that the Met, the NGA, and others would copy it.)