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- What's the difference between a statue and a statuette?(2 votes)
- How awful is the current configuration of objects at the Met? Well, you answered it and I think you knew that answer before you mentioned it. And also as you mentioned, the logistical nightmare that would involve rearranging objects might prove more of a hindrance to future viewing than keeping the objects in their current position. So, here are some ideas. Why not get the Met, at the Met, to create a space that would be wholly devoted to a rotation of objects focused on a particular theme? You mentioned that other institutions are doing this.
I have no issue with the Met's configuration, although admittedly I have not been there in a while. And while younger generations want to change the baby's bath water, sometimes it's not a bad idea to not throw the baby out with the bath water.(2 votes)
- You ask, "Why not get the Met, at the Met, to create a space that would be wholly devoted to a rotation of objects focused on a particular theme?"
I respond: This might be doable. You merely have to round up a group of donors who will fund the creation of said space and then convince the museum's board to make the changes and the city authorities to authorize the construction permits.
Time to get started!(3 votes)
- I like the idea of arranging works based on varying themes, if only for a short while. What themes can y'all think of that might be interesting? I like the idea of a life cycle arrangement, works sorted thru the stages of life from birth to death.(1 vote)
- Even if this doesn't apply to rearranging the Met, I would put a notebook in front of every artwork, and let people put in their thoughts on each piece. It would be interesting to see people's perspectives on each piece.(1 vote)