Museum : behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art / Danny Danziger.

A celebration of the role of people in operating and sustaining the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents interviews with fifty-two people, from its security guards and cleaners to its philanthropist supporters and famous patrons.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Danziger, Danny.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Group, 2008.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

With full cooperation from one of the world's greatest art museums, London-based journalist Danziger (The Year 1000) interviewed over 50 individuals who attend to everything from the museum's artwork to its cleanliness, security, flowers and food. The result is a riveting, insightful and often touching group portrait of those who run New York's premier tourist attraction. Because the chapters are organized alphabetically, the story of how an aspiring opera singer became a waitress in the Trustees Dining Room is followed by the curator of European paintings describing how the museum acquired Duccio's Madonna and Child in 2005. Such juxtapositions reflect the varied mosaic of personalities that make up the Met, yet also serve an implicit purpose: to demystify and personalize the institution. Danziger's own curiosity is broad-ranging and infectious, and while the picture that emerges of the Met is overwhelmingly positive, issues such as curatorial bias, racial and ethnic diversity among the museum's visitors and the commercialization of museums are raised. This book is unique, highly enjoyable and will appeal to anyone-from the generalist to the specialist-interested in an intimate and rare view of the Metropolitan. (June 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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