Friday, July 24, 2009

Down and Out at The Met

Rebecca Mead, writing in The New Yorker about the new director of the Met, Thomas Campbell, describes some of the cutbacks necessary during these difficult times:

"Barabara Fleischman, the chairman of the visiting committee of the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture ... told me about a fund-raising lunch that was held for the ongoing renovation of the galleries. "We sat at tables with no real tablecloths, and there were these tins - like workers' lunch pails - each containing a sandwich and a cookie and a fruit cup," she recalled. "It was darling."