When Bad Things Happen To Good Museums

from the Pre-Raphelite collection at the Delaware Museum of Art

What does it say about our supposedly great and civilized society that in the midst of economic recession, the government bails out mega-banks (and their CEOs and shareholders reap the rewards) while our venerable cultural institutions—public art museums— are forced to consider selling off chunks of their collections in order to keep the doors open? Continue reading

Burghers of Calais

The Burghers of Calais by A. Rodin

One of the benefits of working right next door to Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum, is that I can take a nice walk through the gardens surrounding the museum at lunch or in the early morning before work. The Rodin Museum has been closed for renovations since September, but it should be opening up again soon. Recently, this cast of Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais appeared on the East Terrace. It was always meant to be sited outside, but previously was on display in the gallery.

Rodin's Burghers of Calais, on a flatbed truckSee the sculpture re-installed several months after this post was written here.