May 2·edited May 3Liked by Franklin Einspruch

I'm glad you articulated that, for practical purposes, officially public museums can and do operate essentially the same way as private ones. Given public funding, the problem with that practice is beyond obvious and quite serious, no matter how oblivious to it such museums appear. The regrettably-named Pérez Art Museum in Miami is a good example of that. And yes, my response to said practice has been to walk away, not just out of lack of interest but out of active disgust.

One wonders how a publicly funded museum could possibly operate as if its only audience (that matters) were the museum staff and a small clique of local "major collectors" and related art scene insiders. The public, not to say the great unwashed, is in effect treated as incidental, meaning it can take the museum's programming or leave it, but it's no skin off the museum's nose either way. I won't spend a penny on such an outfit, and even on a free-admission day, I won't pay to park in its garage. In other words, if you want my support, especially monetary, you need to deserve it--on my terms.

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Apr 29Liked by Franklin Einspruch

That was a really good interview. Let me know, when you start your own Twitter spaces on art

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However the museum sausage is made, it's not being made for the general public, despite all kinds of lip service to the contrary. It's being made for an in-crowd, meaning the process is both insular and self-serving, not to mention self-absorbed and fixated on the fashion prevailing in that insular little world. It might be comical if it weren't so pretentious and delusionally self-satisfied, as in bogus.

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