The New York Times asks in a story today: How does a museum dissolve?
To answer that question, reporter Robin Pogrebin turns to Fresno’s sad legacy of the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, which embarked on an ambitious expansion and then flailed to an ignomonious end, with the only winners the lawyers, such as Fresno bankruptcy attorney Riley C. Walter.
Three years later, I’m surprised by how much it still stings to read the Times roundup of the Met debacle. One grating comment in particular:
“It was a Taj Mahal and a beautiful museum, but the demographics were not there to support it,” said Stewart Randall, the former board president.
Shouldn’t Randall, as president, have figured the demographics out before the board led the museum to a bust?