Saturday, November 26, 2005

Speed freaks

Sunday's Washington Post, Blake Gopnik's "Doing Their Own Thing" looks at how some DC area museums are returning to featuring their own permanent collections (duh!).

Art, that is, has become a high-energy, must-see "occasion," like a hot film or a big-time Broadway show. It's part of the entertainment rat race, rather than offering a contemplative experience in contrast to that rush. Museums have got their public hooked on special exhibitions, and now they're stuck having to cater to the speed freaks they've created.

I wonder why some museum doesn't sell off most of it's permanent collection and just become a presenting organization of travelling shows or why a museum isn't started just to be a presenting space. And yes "art" is part of the entertainment rat race and I'll entertainment myself thank you.


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