Thursday, November 11, 2004

ArtsJournal: Modern Art Notes MoMa fee

ArtsJournal: Modern Art Notes: "Regarding the remedy, it's too late. MoMA says that they need to charge $20 to cover new, increased operating expenses. Well, if that's the case, they overbuilt." Tyler Greens' good ideas about the new admission fee.

My question is, who does the museum want to come to their show. If a movie ticket is $8.50 and dinner is $35 or more it seems reasonable that anyone should be able to afford it. This is really about the total disconnect in our economy. The well paid teachers and middle class workers might go to NY on vacation and spend $250 per night for a room and $85 for a show.

Who this will hurt is the starving artist or worker, on a limited budget, who might only go on the free days.

Is this a form of economic segregation?

Here is my test for the well healed professionals who think nothing of spending $5 on a cup of coffee. What is the worth of the lowest paid worker who cleans up after you leave the museum filled with visual images floating in your head? Should the admission be four times the pay of the minimum wage worker?

I might go once. I can see all the new modern art I want for free at the galleries anyway.


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