A unique oral portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these 52 interviews with everyone from the director to cleaners to philanthropists and millionaires offer a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the greatest museums in the world.A unique oral portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these 52 interviews with everyone from the director to cleaners to philanthropists and millionaires offer a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the greatest museums in the world.Read Less
This brought back good memories, I knew the stage coach Thayer tolles spoke of. I worked there in 1982, as a grounds keeper. I have lived in new York city for 28 years but plan on a trip back too salem and the museum.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-16 With full cooperation from one of the world's greatest art museums, London-based journalist Danziger (The Year 1000) interviewed over 50 individuals who attend to everything from the museum's artwork to its cleanliness, security, flowers and food. The result is a riveting, insightful and often touching group portrait of those who run New York's premier tourist attraction. Because the chapters are organized alphabetically, the story of how an aspiring opera singer became a waitress in the Trustees Dining Room is followed by the curator of European paintings describing how the museum acquired Duccio's Madonna and Child in 2005. Such juxtapositions reflect the varied mosaic of personalities that make up the Met, yet also serve an implicit purpose: to demystify and personalize the institution. Danziger's own curiosity is broad-ranging and infectious, and while the picture that emerges of the Met is overwhelmingly positive, issues such as curatorial bias, racial and ethnic diversity among the museum's visitors and the commercialization of museums are raised. This book is unique, highly enjoyable and will appeal to anyone-from the generalist to the specialist-interested in an intimate and rare view of the Metropolitan. (June 25) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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