Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

As I’ve watched museums over the past several months as they curate shows from their own collections and sometimes from private collections nearby, I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that there’s a big downside to this as well as an upside.

The upside, of course, is that many visitors go to museums only — or mostly — to see the special exhibitions, leaving permanent collection galleries empty of visitors. Exhibits curated from permanent collections will expose those works to more people and perhaps entice visitors into permanent collection galleries on a regular basis.

The downside, which I confirmed this week, is that many exhibits are going without the preparation and publication of catalogues.

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Judith H. Dobrzynski
Real Clear Arts

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