Thursday, October 19, 2006

Roberta Smith (in the NY Times) has an obit on Marcia Tucker, who died on Tuesday at her home in California. Of course, The New Museum is in a situation of change, but she was (after all) the founder. Didn't realize that one of the shows that caused her to get fired from the Whitney Museum had been the Richard Tuttle exhibition in 1977... how times have changed, and one reason was because of Marcia. I love how Roberta Smith says that Marcia responded to getting fired by starting a museum of her own. People need that kind of moxie, that kind of chutzpah, especially now. But it's become so corporate. There's no mention of how her board eventually forced Marcia out, because the feeling was that she wasn't responsive to the new art. It happens to everyone sooner or later. Maybe that's why some artists are instinctively nostalgic.


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