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WHAT DID HELEN CHANDLER ever see in Bela Lugosi? Why would an attractive young virgin eagerly bare her neck to a transparently predatory old vampire? And, a lot of people have been wondering, why would an architect consider it an honor to appear in an exhibition curated by Philip Johnson?

To hear all the shrieking going on over Johnson’s show of “deconstructivist” architecture due to open in June at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, you’d think that garlic cloves would be dangling from every neck that ever bent over a drawing board. As Michael Sorkin noted in the Village Voice column last December that first went public with the story, people are outraged that Johnson, a trustee of the Modern, apparently got the idea for the show from interviewing a prospective candidate for the director’s job at the museum’s Department of Architecture and Design. The candidate wasn’t hired, though Johnson

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