András Szántó

  • András Szántó

    NOTHING SAYS “I have arrived” like a seat on a prominent museum board. This has been true at least since the days when Edith Wharton chronicled the rise of America’s industrialist moguls. And so it remains in our own, somewhat tarnished gilded age.

    Yet much confusion clouds what museum boards actually do and how their leadership should be judged. This is partly because recent public discussion about trustees has tended to be one-sided. The art press is habitually obsessed with cases of alleged self-dealing among museum trustees, some of whom—surprise!—are also art collectors. This is not to