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My WSJ “Cultural Conversation” with AAMD President Michael Conforti

Michael Conforti’s WSJ Portrait, by Ismael Roldan

You can read me now: He’s a Museum Leader for These Troubled Times, my Wall Street Journal profile of Michael Conforti, director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, and president of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Of course when I wrote this piece for today’s (Tuesday’s) WSJ “Leisure & Arts” page, I had no idea just how troubled these times would be!

Now AAMD members will REALLY have something to talk about at their midwinter meeting, beginning tomorrow in San Diego. No, not my article, but how best to mobilize against Brandeis University’s shocking plan to monetize the entire collection of its Rose Art Museum.

If Tennessee’s Attorney General Robert Cooper can express serious reservations about Fisk University’s plan to sell a half-share in its Stieglitz Collection to Alice Walton‘s Crystal Bridges Museum, we can only hope that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is concerned about selling the whole Rose, and has also read William Blake.

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