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August 24, 2006



seriously. i am on my way out and cannot comment on the cultural issues, but what happenned to classy travelling situations?

i considering taking a train from buffalo to nyc and was seriously considering renting a whole 'roomette' for myself. unfortunately i cannot afford it, but i was dying to channel some old-school hitchcock glamour.

i also wish i had one of those travelling trunks that had drawers, etc.


what happenned to classy travelling situations?

I used to take with some regularity the Lake Shore Limited train from Chicago to Boston. It wasn't always so classy--there was that time the train lit on fire leaving the station at Utica--and certainly was longer than flying, but at its best could be quite enjoyable, even in coach. I got to know the route quite well, and enjoyed seeing different parts of it. On the other hand, a large part of the time the train rides through ditches, so you might as well head to diner car then. And always have a good mix of reading: some short and punchy, some longer and thoughtful, a good mix of trashy magazines and the better periodicals, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, plus a few books.

i also wish i had one of those travelling trunks that had drawers, etc.

That would be awesome.


A travelling trunk with drawers and a fold out desk and mirrors!


And a loyal lackey to schlep the thing.

You're brighter than I am; I've read the "collection-related projects" blockquote several times and don't understand the implied writing on the wall. Please assist.


I think the answer may be found in the last sentence of the previous paragraph: "In a situation where the public only comes to a museum for special exhibitions, curators are increasingly pressured to work on them, to the detriment of their study of and publications on the museum’s own holdings." The idea being that, to get people and dollars in the door, the core of museums gets increasingly neglected in favor of special exhibitions. Whether this really represents the trend for museums is what I'm wondering. Special exhibitions can pack viewers in, but the difficulties involved in doing them have increased dramatically in recent years. I don't think such shows will go away, but they may not be the wave of the future anymore. In some respects, there's pressure on museums to do more with what they already have.

Of course, what hasn't come up explicitly is what might be the worst of both worlds: needing the money special exhibitions can bring, but not able to afford the costs of travelling major art, museums turn not to their permanent collections, but to spectacle and pop culture detritus--Star Wars junk, light shows, you name it. This stuff already happens, as everyone knows, but to think it might be where the field really is going in the future is depressing.

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