Monday, January 25, 2010

The Met has a torn Picasso and The Field announces a virgin birth

When I read the following two articles today I was struck by several things: 1) an indomitable urge to unearth my blog; 2) the exceptional quality and diversity of the collections and scholars in our museum field; and 3) how wild it can be in the museum world on any given day.

On Friday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a woman overbalanced and accidentally fell into "The Actor" causing a 6 inch tear in the exquisite canvas. Today, The Field Museum in Chicago announced that researchers at their Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution confirmed the "virgin" birth of two bamboo sharks.

Certainly, these two events warrant probing and substantive discussions on subjects like museum access vs. collections care, and the ironic relevance of seemingly obscure scientific research. I will leave those conversations for other more serious museum bloggers and the hospitality suite at the next museum conference I attend, my observation is simpler. Here in the museum world, as in every other corner of our crazy globe, there are tragedies every day on every imaginable scale, but there are also miracles and virgin births. After the fall, redemption.

The New York Times
Questions Over Fixing Torn Picasso
Published: January 26, 2010
Experts at the Met's conservation laboratory are trying to determine the best course of action for a rare
Rose Period Picasso that was torn on Friday.

Chicago Sun-Times
Published: January 25, 2010

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