Is the art now just party decoration?

These days, museums are engaging in a multitude of initiatives to make themselves more fun and engaging.  With aging audiences and declining attendance – not to mention funds – museums are fighting back against perceptions of themselves as silent, stuffy, and irrelevant.

In the article What is Art’s Place in the Picture? in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Edward Sozanski explores how parties, yoga, iPods, and cafes might be pushing out art as the focus of the museum.  His initial reaction: “how pathetically sad.”  Or is it great?  You decide.


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