Museums Should Not Fear the Art Snobs
"Does the Met's director think the public is stupid?" This question was posed by Jed Perl, an art critic writing in the
in response to an article about Thomas Campbell's plans as he enters his third year in charge of that august institution. Campbell intends to use new technology "to reach every patron, from the first-timer to the seasoned scholar." Combined with his interest in contemporary art and his view that "many visitors do not know much about art," Campbell has developed an approach that led Perl to warn that the director is taking the museum in a "dangerous" direction that would compromise "essential art values."
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