Anyone interested in checking out the Barnes Foundation should check out the documentary called The Art of the Steal (which I believe is still available to stream on Netflix!) I was planning to go to the Barnes when going to see family in PA, but since watching that film I’ve held off. The relocation of Albert Barnes’ collection from Merion to Philadelphia and from his art school to a public museum was 180° antithetical to his desires and what he’d stipulated in his will. I still feel torn because I think such a culturally significant collection should be made available to all (not just art students and the lucky few members of the public that Barnes initially allowed for), but I don’t much care to give my admission fee to those in the Barnes Foundation who worked so hard to manage the collection in the exact opposite way that Barnes desired. I guess there are probably ethical concerns related to the majority of museums, though, as far as repatriation of cultural heritage and artifacts goes… is it hypocritical to skip the Barnes but still go see the Egyptian exhibits at the British Museum, for instance?
Response to Here’s What The Stars Wore To The 2015 Met Gala:
I cannot remember a Met Gala with worse, more disappointing fashion. I counted on one hand the number of designs that I’d even call good, absolutely none of them were amazing or inspiring, and most of the styles are downright ugly, boring, or can hardly be called fashion. I count not one but TWO pairs of what basically amount to designer capris - at the MET GALA? C’mon ladies, really? Maybe everyone was just confused about this year’s theme, like I kinda was… Chinese-style Alice in Wonderland, I’m guessing? Maybe all the haute couture is going over my head but I am sorely unimpressed by this year’s efforts.