PRINT April 1992


As both insiders and outsiders, [diviner] consultants have greater freedom and viability in giving advice on problems in the community, but they also must walk a fine and difficult line in maintaining two conflicting identities. As both alienist and annunciator, the consultant stands at once at the center and the periphery of the society—the outsider who is the ultimate insider.

—Rudolph Blier, 1991

The culture of particular form is approaching its end. The culture of determined relations has begun.

—Piet Mondrian, 1937

THE LATE 1980s was a period of unprecedented growth for institutions that functioned as buffers between the urban polyglot and what the sociologist Arthur Paris calls “the global countryside,” that selectively invisible domain that Western historians once delegated to the economic periphery.1 Significantly, the representatives of these institutions—New York’s Museum

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