Friday, May 20, 2005

Corcoran Gallery of Art In Bad Shape 

Bob Thompson and Jacqueline Trescott of the Washington Post report today that it looks like the Board of Directors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art will not build its planned truly ugly Frank Gehry addition and will likely fire its Director over the institutions sad financial state. From the article:

The Corcoran Gallery of Art's chairman said yesterday that the 136-year-old institution is in such serious financial straits that it should suspend efforts to build its much-heralded new wing, for which architect Frank Gehry has already completed a design, and replace its longtime director.

The suspension of the Gehry effort could come as early as Monday, when the board is scheduled to discuss a new strategic plan for the Corcoran. "In the foreseeable future, there's no choice," board of trustees Chairman John T. "Til" Hazel said, citing broad financial difficulties facing the Washington landmark, which includes both the museum and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Of course, these are decisions that should have been made a long long time ago.

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