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Another One Bites the Dust

Although museums are founded as durable institutions with long future lives, reports continually surface about museums on the brink or about to close.  For example, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has teetered on the brink of bankruptcy for the past half decade, a situation resolved only recently.  (The co-chair of its board … Continue reading

Nine Wishes for Museums in Montreal

This is the last of several posts with suggestions for the museums of the cities I have called home.  I first posted these in the summer of 2010; this series of posts features some updated information and additional suggestions.   Museums are integral to Montreal in a way that they’re not integral to most other … Continue reading

My Wishes for the Museums of Baltimore

This is the second of several posts with suggestions for the museums of the cities I have called home.  I first posted these in the summer of 2010; this series of posts features some updated information and additional suggestions.   Although less than an hour from the US capital, Washington, DC, Baltimore—the town where I … Continue reading

Museums are more than exhibition centers.  And they’re definitely not boring. To raise awareness of the broader capabilities and challenge perceptions of stodginess, the Smithsonian Institute has launched a major promotional campaign.  The campaign, aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds (whose perceptions are most mis-aligned with the goals for the campaign), attempts to make the Smithsonian … Continue reading

Museums, Missions, and Qualified Board Members

The cash-strapped [U.S.] National Academy sold two paintings to cover its operating expenses. That’s a no-no in the museum world. If they sold a painting every time they ran into difficulty, they’d have no collection left. More significantly, it’s completely antithetical to their missions. Museums are established to collect paintings (and other valuable objects), document … Continue reading