Nearly every major cultural institution in New York has an organization devoted to cultivating future donors. They do this through a series of incentives like free admission to shows, openings and parties, where open bars are meant to open wallets. To oversimplify: liquor out, with hopes of money in later.
Walking through the Costume Institute's new "Punk: Chaos to Couture" show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visitors are treated to two "facsimiles," one after another. The first is a faithful recreation of the bathroom at the New York punk venue CBGB, or at least faithful to its most gracious moments. The second, past a few dresses, is a recreation of Vivienne Westwood's London boutique, complete with a period cash register and a double rack of T-shirts.
A 15th-century illustrated volume of Mishneh Torah from the collection of Michael and Judy Steinhardt, which was planned to be sold at Sotheby’s this morning, was jointly purchased by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s said today.