We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ms. Feldman is an extreme specimen of the breed. And she specializes, as anyone who wants to excel in the new anti-cultural cultural world must, in the non sequitur:
“We live in a more global, multicultural society that cares about diversity and inclusivity. We're thinking about how we increase our service to the community.”
“Service to the community,” eh? Well, if you are President of the Association of Art Museum Directors, how about serving the community by making sure that museums are exhibiting the best art in the most appropriate way? Just a suggestion. But really, does every institution have to become a sort of social worker’s outreach program? Can’t we have the museum as repository of politically correct thinking over here while still holding onto the the art museum as a place where great art is treasured?
So now museum directors are community organizers. It's a pleasant rant.
Most of our museums now feature poorly lit exhibits placed low down with descriptions in a minute font.
If I want to read to read the captions I need to get on my knees and put on my glasses.
I suspect it's part of a caring sharing approach, which looks after the environment by using minimum electricity and making the descriptions available to the little people who are too young to read and/or understand the notes.
Might Ms Feldman be the originator of my troubles?
HRT from Down Under
I would speculate that there are grants to be had for doing 'community outreach" and that it is all about the money that could be harvested by the museum.
HRT from Down Under ... The best museums are those who don't try to give you a 'caring sharing approach' and just leave you the heck alone with the art. Everybody likes to take their own good time to appreciate something, and these horrid little recordings they're pushing now are just rude interruptions.