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“The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

“The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect” has, by all accounts, been some years from first proposal within the Museum of Modern Art to final realization. It is nonetheless difficult not to view senior curator Kynaston McShine’s exhibition in relation to the museum’s recent agreement to assimilate P.S. 1 across the East River in Long Island City. Like an old-line company absorbing a brash start-up for its innovative capacities and ability to scout the peripheries (read Disney absorbing Miramax), MoMA may in a stroke have shored up one of its most conspicuous weak spots, that is, the combined awkwardness with newer currents and lack of a sympathetic space in which to put them on display.

While thus seeking to bestride the widest expanse of the art world, this particular museum can currently spare only cramped and ungenerous spaces for “Museum as Muse,” in which it nonetheless strives to see its

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