Plumb Lines

October 7, 2009

If No One I Know Thinks This is a Good Idea, Why is it Happening?

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 2:25 pm

The Times reviews the proposed new home of the Barnes Foundation and strikes an appropriately gloomy tone about the move.  It’s hard not to see the change as a victory for the bureaucratic, throughput-oriented, chamber-of-commerce view of the world. The Barnes is one of the only museums in the United States that doesn’t make you feel like looking at art should be as joyless and forensic as a drunken hook-up.

David Schaengold



  1. I couldn’t agree more, and I don’t even want to know how they (supposedly) reconciled the move with the late Barnes’ expressed intentions.

    Comment by millinerd — October 7, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

  2. I believe Maureen Dowd asked the same kind of question after the election of George Bush.

    Comment by Matthew Schmitz — October 9, 2009 @ 11:32 am

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