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The Kids Are All Right

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Twelve years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, a (male) curatorial colleague asked whether I was now only going to schedule exhibitions about wombs and by women artists. Although I was perhaps understandably perturbed at first by this suggestion, I then promptly scheduled a solo show with...

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(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Warning: This post contains artistic nudity which may be considered inappropriate for some audiences.

The image of Pinocchio's nose growing longer each time he tells a tall tale is a ubiquitous one from childhood. Currently on television, there is a commercial for an insurance company where two executives from a...

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What Do You Give? Take?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:11 PM

I have always believed in erring on the side of generosity. I give people the benefit of the doubt when it appears that less than their best judgment is in play. I give of my time, energy, and resources to organizations that I believe contribute to the good society. I...

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Life and Death in Art

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 3:06 PM

A very close friend of mine told me many times that "it is a long, long life." It is not without irony that he died five years ago at the age of 38. In college we took a class together on the "History of the 1960s," and he ended his...

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Museums for Tolerance

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:27 PM

Last year Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), spoke at a meeting of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). He came to speak with us about what he perceived as a lack of civility in contemporary American society and to seek our help. His...

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One Thing of Which I Am Certain

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 2:02 PM

I recently read an article by UC Berkeley Professor Michael Pollan about global warming and the seeming futility of our efforts to avoid a collective decline into a world without many things, including snow. He asked, "Why bother?" Why bother to turn off the lights, recycle, eat local, fill in...

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The Museum As Transcendent Space

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:57 PM

Last year, after exiting a gallery show in New York in Chelsea, I felt a physical illness induced by what I deemed to be the complete and utter soullessness of the work I had just viewed. Eager to locate an antidote, I hailed a cab uptown to the Metropolitan Museum...

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Art As a Lens for Societal Reckoning

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:24 PM

Walking through the Louvre, I was struck by a group of grade-school children sitting on the floor being instructed in front of Éugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People (1830).


They were learning about French history and the time-honored tradition in France of revolution, utilizing...

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