By Marcia Tucker

This engrossing memoir brings to bright existence the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the 1st lady to be employed as a curator on the Whitney Museum of yank paintings and the founding father of the hot Museum of latest artwork in manhattan urban. Tucker got here of age within the Sixties, and this lively account of her lifestyles attracts the reader at once into the burgeoning feminist circulation and the thrill of the hot York artwork international in the course of that point. Her personal new methods of considering led her to take principled stands that experience replaced the best way artwork museums give some thought to modern paintings. As curator of portray and sculpture on the Whitney, she prepared significant exhibitions of the paintings of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, and Richard Tuttle, between others. As founding father of the hot Museum of latest artwork, she prepared and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that regularly occupied with the nexus of paintings and politics. The ebook highlights Tucker's dedication to forging a brand new process whilst the existing one proved too slim for her expansive imaginative and prescient.

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I was smitten. Michael, I discovered quickly, was shy. Because he was so quiet, when he told me anything about himself I felt privy to an inner life that I was sure no one else had access to. He was an aspiring musician, mostly guitar and some piano, but he said he didn’t like to play in public, which also meant in front of me. His sense of equanimity, though, clinched the deal. For Michael, the tiniest insect and the temples of Angkor Wat were equally wondrous. He gave everything his full attention, staring for hours at a time at the ocean, sitting perfectly still listening to the crickets on the lawn, reading a book with the concentration of a Zen master.

When he woke up in the local emergency room, my father pulled strings and got him into Hillside, a psychiatric hospital in Queens that had a decent reputation, especially for treating adolescents. After a few months, when he was allowed to have visitors, my dad and I drove out together, sitting mutely side by side in the front seat, each of us locked into our own anxiety about what we would find when we got there. It was reassuring. The well-kept red brick buildings and the rolling lawn, trees, and benches looked apple-pie normal to me, more like a school than an insane asylum.

Trust the French not to make anything easy for a foreigner. As I left, I told myself with a sigh that what I needed to do was ace my exams, go back to the States with a glowing record, and come back to France the minute I’d finished school, when I’d be twentyone and legal. My courses began with the early Renaissance in the 1400s and continued through late-eighteenth-century neoclassicism. Walking around the galleries of the Louvre freely, before the museum was open to the public, was a privilege I’d never imagined possible.

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