May 31st, 2001

Gifts That Can Warp a Museum

The New York Times

Early this month the Smithsonian Institution announced a $38 million gift from the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation to create a permanent exhibition in the National Museum of American History devoted to the lives of American achievers. But is this the kind of exhibit that the Smithsonian’s professional staff would have chosen if the gift had come with no strings attached? If not, what is the curatorial rationale for a permanent exhibit that seems to open the door for commercial and corporate influence at one of the capital’s keystone institutions?

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