PRINT Summer 1987


Missing sign language.

VISITORS TO MANY OF the rooms on the first floor and mezzanine of the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, a wing built to contain art of the 20th century, will find on the walls short paragraphs in large type, usually offering some biographical information about the artists represented, a brief guide to the emotions that the work of those artists has been held to engender, and, sometimes, a history of the museum’s acquisition of the works shown. But at this date—five months after the opening–they will also find on the first floor two conspicuous rectangles of white foam board, each about 2 feet by 1 and 1/2 feet, and each bearing the legend “Future Text Panel” in heavy black letters at the lower left-hand corner. And on the second floor, which, along with much of the mezzanine, shows art of the last forty years, there are at this writing still three key

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