Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture

The Shocking Cooper Hewitt

Many curtain-raisers for and reviews of the newly renovated and reconceived Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum have focused on its use of technology to make the museum interactive, participatory and… More ›

A Giant Step Forward At The Met

When I visited The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Metropolitan Museum on Saturday afternoon, I was prepared to be delighted–and I was, in more ways than one.


Menil Collection Starts Drawing Center

Nearly 40 years after the creation of The Drawing Center in New York, the Menil Collection in Houston has broken ground on The Menil Drawing Institute (pictured below)–and I haven’t seen… More ›

Exhibitions To See This Spring

As usual for the past few years, I also compiled a list of about 30 exhibitions at museums around the country that are on view now or will be on view this spring and summer for The New York… More ›


Breaking: Met Names New President

The Met’s board of trustees this afternoon anointed Daniel H. Weiss as president, succeeding Emily K. Rafferty, who is retiring as of Mar. 31.

Badly Bungled Philanthropy

The New York Philharmonic* just gave everyone a lesson in how not to fundraise. I am talking, of course, about the announcement that David Geffen has promised $100 million to the Phil for the… More ›

MFA’s Gets A Load of Rothschild Loot

Literally. Bettina Burr (known as Nina, pictured left)–the daughter of Baroness Bettina Looram de Rothschild, who reclaimed about 250 pieces of Nazi-looted art from Austria after it passed a new… More ›

10. Oval snuffbox with miniature of Catherine the Great

I’m Away…

I’m taking a winter vacation this year and therefore am unlikely to be posting until my return during the first week in February.

Walters’ Founding Story: A Sorry Flaw

I really enjoyed my visit to the Walters Art Museum early this year. However, it is suffering a malady that must be discussed–because it is far from the only museum afflicted by this disease.


Picturing Mary: It Could Have Gone Another Way

Is there a woman who was painted more frequently in all of Western art than Mary? If so, I don’t know of her. So many great artists painted her, in many situations, poses, costumes and guises.


This Art Map Will Startle You

Which artists would you guess are searched for most often in the U.S.? What if that data were broken down by state, so we could see which artist Georgians are looking for versus which one by New… More ›

Merry Christmas…

I’ll be away celebrating Christmas for a few days. Here’s my Christmas greeting to you this year: Francesco di Giorgio Martini’s The Nativity, With God the Father Surounded by… More ›


Another Director’s Job Opens Up

While you were holiday shopping (maybe) last Friday, news broke that Susan L. Talbott will retire as director and C.E.O. of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. There’s no sign that anything is… More ›