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News Flash: Philadelphia Art Commission Approves Barnes Design

Aerial rendering of Tod Williams’ and Billie Tsien’s design for the Philly Barnes

Stephan Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Many opponents of relocating the [Barnes Foundation’s] collection attended the [Philadelphia Art Commission’s] hearing,
chaired by artist Moe Brooker of Moore College of Art and Design.
Brooker kept a tight rein on public comment, seeking to limit remarks
to the architectural design—which is what the commission is charged
with reviewing—rather than on the ethics of moving art collections.

The Commission’s approval was unanimous.

Meanwhile, Nancy Herman, a member of the Friends of the Barnes (the group opposing the move of the Barnes Foundation from Merion to Philadelphia), writes:

[The hearing] was held in a very small room with people hanging from the rafters.
Most people could not hear or see the presentation, as the microphones
did not work.

Speaking of transparency, here‘s the information on the new facility that the Barnes has now posted on its website. But why haven’t they posted their 17-page submission that informed the Art Commission’s approval? I keep pleading for it, but all they’ve e-mailed me so far is this press release.

Derek, pretty please?

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