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America’s Favorite Art Museum: First round results

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First-round voting closed Sunday night. The results in parts one and two of the voting are below. (To check seedings, click here.) The results from parts three and four will post this afternoon:

Part One

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art d. Princeton University Art Museum 91%-9%.
  • Toledo Museum of Art d. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 65%-35%.
  • MOCA d. Morgan Library 55%-45%.
  • Neue Galerie d. Albright-Knox 51%-49%.
  • Barnes Foundation d. San Diego Museum of Art 63%-37%
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum d. Phillips Collection 54%-46%.
  • MFA Boston d. ICA Philadelphia 74%-26%.
  • Sackler/Freer d. Asia Society 79%-21%.

Part Two

  • Frick Collection d. CAM Houston 80%-20%
  • Dia Beacon d. MCASD 72%-28%
  • Worcester Art Museum d. Whitney Museum of American Art 55%-45%.
  • Hirshhorn d. Chinati Foundation 63%-37%.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art d. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 72%-28%.
  • MASS MoCA d. Kimbell 66%-34%.
  • Walker Art Center d. MCA Chicago 68%-32%.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art d. Peabody-Essex 51%-49%.
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  1. Phred says:

    Worcester beats the Whitney? That seems like an enlightened choice. And non-NYC biased. Neue Galerie squeaks by Albright-Knox? More like travesty. And Mass MOCA over Kimbell even more so.

  2. Duane says:

    It’s all about who can drum up the most votes, not which museum is the best.

  3. handsmile says:

    Of the five Massachusetts-based museums included in the first round, all but the Peabody-Essex won their match-ups (and the Peabody lost by only two points). Suggests something askew about the voting sample.

    Very pleased about the Worcester Art Museum’s success. Born and raised in Worcester, it was the museum I grew up in. Saddest result for me was the Morgan Library’s defeat. Concur with Phred’s comment above that the Kimbell’s loss to MassMOCA was a “travesty.”

  4. handsmile says:

    Oops, neglected to include parts three and four in my tally.

    A total of nine Massachusetts museums were listed in the first round. Six won their match-ups. But in one case, the Clark Art Institute was pitted against the Harvard Museums. Also, to square off the National Gallery against the MIT LVAC might be considered a wee bit unfair

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