Debaters

Culture, Like Bread

To approach an interrogation of “the public’s right to culture,” we must first refine the scope of “public,” “right,” and “culture.” For the purposes of this brief essay, I will explore these terms in relation to my assertion: The public’s right to culture is indeed the right to respond to it, which in turn contributes to what culture is...

Advice from the Past

"Art is a fine large word. This shares with liberty the task of serving as an excuse for many crimes." (John Cotton Dana [1906]). I noticed this quote in the email signature of a colleague. While I usually do not pay attention to such details...

What Culture? What Public?

Whether or not the public has a “right” to culture, they’ve got plenty of it. In New York City alone (where I write this), there are more than eighty museums, and countless galleries where we can go see art for free...

The Right Balance

At a very basic level, any museum professional tries to balance the audience’s right to access and the institution’s need to preserve the artwork...