|how to behave, properly, around a $150 million painting|
honestly, i've been nothing but disappointed with the actions of the university of iowa museum of art since moving back to the paris of the prairies. i was offered a job as curator of academic affairs before we even agreed to return (three years ago now) and not only did that job never materialize but the defrocked acting director tried to claim the job for herself. and the new director, who suggested i would best serve the museum as a docent (i started teaching docents in 1992 at the dallas museum of art...), has sent the single most expensive object in the entire state of iowa on a meet-n-greet to the big city of...des moines...to a non-AAM accredited art space.
in my experience, objects do not return from being loaned in better shape than when they left, and the "care" being taken of jackson pollock's "mural," shown below in some recent photographs, is sub-par. the university of iowa is taking massive undue risk with an incredibly valuable object--i wonder why they are willing to do that? why move such an object 150 miles to a city with HALF the population of the region from which it is coming? i could *almost* see the reason behind a trip to new york city, dallas, houston, LA, SF, chicago...but this is absurd. i have a feeling the only thing this meet-n-greet is going to accomplish is a renewed interest by the iowa state legislature in selling the object. from what i see, i'm not sure it's a bad idea anymore.
|how not to behave, version 1.0 (ladders tip over all the time...)|
|how not to behave, version 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (this sucker is top-heavy and liable to tip over, it is rolling on insufficient carriers, and the handler isn't wearing gloves)|
|how not to behave, version 2.0 (you don't massage a $150 million painting for a photo op)|