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America’s Favorite Art Museum: We have finalists

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The finals are set in America’s Favorite Art Museum tournament. To the surprise of no one, the two museums who have had the most dedicated, intense support this month advance in blowouts. (And, in Toledo’s case, likely aided — though not decisively — by the Toledo Blade’s coverage of the tourney.) Voting in the finals begins Wednesday and will run through Sunday.

  • Toledo Museum of Art d. Cleveland Museum of Art 76%-24%.
  • Clark Art Institute d. Philadelphia Museum of Art 77%-23%.
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  1. Duane says:

    If you told us the raw numbers (i.e., how many votes TMA and Clark got in the latest round), would we likely know who the winner is going to be? Does one of these museums have a much larger base of active supporters than the other?

  2. Justin says:

    Now that I don’t work for a museum any longer, I can finally speak my mind on this whole tourney. I’m sure some of my former museum nerd pals feel the same way.

    I find it extremely ironic that someone who seems to consider themselves the meta-critic for the art world and frequently laments the sad state of art criticism engages in such a vacuous series of posts. Could it be any more obvious that this whole series is just a popularity contest to see which museum you can goad into getting it’s staff and patrons to vote and crank up your view count?

    With all due respect to the finalists, one merely need look at the excellent museums which lost in the early rounds and should be represented here. I have a hard time believing that The Clark or The Toledo Museum of art are actually “America’s Favorite Art Museum”.

  3. Jen says:

    I have a hard time believing that anyone who has a hard time believing these results has ever been to the TMA.

  4. Kelly says:

    The word “favorite” in the title advertises this as a popularity contest. The contest isn’t proclaiming the winner as the best museum but America’ s favorite.

  5. Tim Wright says:

    The Toledo Museum of Arts has an incredible diversity in their collections. Yes, I vote for the TMA. I am local but that is not the only reason. I have been to a few of these museums and still appreciate the TMA best of all. All of the “contestants” are probably excellent museums. Their supporters did not represent so stop whining about the process. Yes Justin, the patrons and fans of the TMA have cranked up our vote. We have done so because we care and love the TMA and our city. Loud and proud, the TMA rocks.

  6. Kerry says:

    Visit TMA, then compare it to other cities art museums…

    IF you have been to TMA you know why its a favorite and so well respected. Time and time again TMA has won top awards, and rightfully so.

  7. Duane says:

    It would be more accurate to title this contest “MAN Readers’ Favorite Art Museum.” I am quite certain that the vast majority of Americans have never heard of (let alone visited) either the Toledo Museum of Art or the Clark Art Institute, nor most of the other museums that were included in this contest. The vast majority of Americans don’t know that this contest (or this blog) exists and this contest is not a random sampling of Americans; so its results do not represent America’s collective opinion. Whichever museum wins in the final round, it will certainly not be America’s favorite.

  8. Chuck Warn says:

    Vote for Toledo Museum of Art!

  9. Barb says:

    Toledo Museum of Art is a wonderful community center for the arts. The buildings are beautiful, the setting impressive and the staff is great. It is well worth the stop in Toledo to see this collection, especially the glass.

  10. Lila says:

    Duane: you weren’t invited to many birthday parties growing up, were you?

  11. Kieran says:

    Naysayers, suggest you “hie” yourselves to Toledo, or at least
    research the blockbusters which have made their way here. I also
    am fond of the DIA ~ must be a rust belt thang! Even after the heyday of patrons such as Edward Drummond Libbey, these are top
    notch art, music and film communities.
    Only snobbish “cultural industry” clones could look down noses
    at sustained success. Is there such a thing as professional jealousy, or ignorance, both?
    We celebrate the treasures we have! An open (and free) invite
    to see for yourself.

  12. GalleryGal says:

    The Clark is energizing and idyllic at the same time. Whenever I visit I find that my mind is challenged by the art and scholarship, and my psyche is renewes by the nature that surrounds it. On our visit this spring, we found the woodsy paths spotted with fairy houses created by museum visitors. It just added to the magic!

  13. Michelle D says:

    While I’ve never been to The Clark, I do know that The Toledo Museum of Art is almost a spiritual experience, even for those not schooled or exactly interested in art. For some reason, the TMA wins everyone over. I don’t know what it is, but something about that museum’s collection evokes a feeling of awe. I’m pretty sure as a kid I saw three of the water lilies by Monet together at an Impressionist exhibit. I’m in my 30s now and I still remember that exhibit, and the Rubens exhibition. Degas, Cezanne, van Gogh, El Greco, Pollock, Manet, Rubens, Rembrandt, Miro, Matisse…it has it all.

  14. The Clark is THE BEST!!

  15. Pat Mc says:

    I cast my vote for the Clark! But where do I put my ballot? Hard to tel from the info above. Thanks.

  16. Anne Nash says:

    I vote for Clark. What a fine museum

  17. Debbie says:

    My husband and I took our young children to the Toledo Museum of Art every Saturday and as adults, when they have come back to Toledo, they have always included a visit there too.
    Other museums may have the same artists represented, but TMA has the best work of each one, not just another inferior example.
    Toledo’s school children visit the museum for docent-guided tours many times as part of their schooling and consequently they have an outstanding appreciation of art.
    TMA deserves to be the best.

  18. Lisa says:

    I grew up in the Toledo area and spent many hours at the Toledo Museum during school field trips and trips of my own. I still remember the mummy exhibit and all of the Libbey glass! Oddly enough, I now live and work just minutes from The Clark which I enjoy and appreciate as well. It was a tough choice but the TMA has a special place in my heart. Best of luck to both.

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