(PDF/EBOOK) [Making the Mummies Dance Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art] Ð Thomas Hoving

Making the Mummies Dance Inside the Metropolitan Museum of ArtWoo Never a ull moment No spade not called a spade no opinion unexpressed One thing I will certainly say for Thomas Hoving though is that he isn t any afraid to Person in the Memory discuss his own foibles and shortcomings and outright failures than he is everyone else s That s part of what makes his writing appealing When his own horneserves tooting "it certainly gets tooted and again he is fair others horns toot "certainly gets tooted and again he is fair others horns toot over the place as well but he Stealing the Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921 doesn t ignore his errors I m still stunned by the sheer underhandedness that went into the acuisition of many if not most of the works in the museum and the strata of hatred and enmity and cronyism throughout the art and antiuities community Maybe it s just as well I never went that route it was a passingream I would have been eaten alive I was attracted by the title which is brilliant it was Hoving s intent when he became Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art And he Literature and Dictatorship in Africa and Latin America 1958-1987 did How can theirection of a museum of antiuities be interesting Dealing with old items from people most often no longer living for many years is exciting Turns out yes Maybe the fact that the Indiana Jones movie came out a few years earlier inspired me It id show the world that at least in a film that collecting antiues could be an adventure This book is not an action adventure but if you enjoy a bit of sleuthing in the hunt for truth in origin and history this is a good book Hoving not only shows how experts have to evaluation the important of history of an item he shows the seedy side of how people throughout history have tried and often succeeded in tricking others in the value of an artistic piece But is not artistic importance and beauty in the eye of the beholder Well yes But one wants to know that they are getting the real goods and not a knock off This is especially true in the world of high price tags for museums and serious collectors Feel in love with Hoving and his storytelling with this book Really entertaining stuff at first but completely lost steam at the end Although that s been true of almost all books for me recently OY I read over 400 pages of a memoir written by someone who I really o not like Thomas Hoving while clearly talented and charismatic comes across as a pompous ass careless of others feelings hyper focused on his own image and too ready to give himself credit for all things good that happen WHOS WHO IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE VOL.1 during his tenure at The Met To be fair he s also unafraid to point out some of his less vaunted moments but on the balance he fancies himself a master of the universe and it becomes tiresomeoh so tiresome chapter after chapter I thought the writing was certainly punchy and he isishy going for the jugular in a forthright manner but the writing was also sloppy and Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations disorganized and that was hard for me toeal with after about page 250 On the upside the intimate peek into the workings of the Met was absolutely fascinating Being a Alphas Abused Mate docent there may have made me particularly susceptible to the revelations aboutonors trustees and acuisitions but for anyone interested in the high stakes world of fine art multi millionaires and their enormous egos and tantrums the sketchy nature of some museum operations and the never ending race to be the best in New York City no matter *What Business You Re In Then This Book Certainly Provides *business you re in then this book certainly provides entertainments but one hundred less pages would have been welcomed by me The Metropolitan Art Museum is one of my favorite places to visit To sip tea in the American Wing overlooking Central Park is lovely To see the Tiffany glass works and the large Rodin statue in that wing is one of my favorite things to o And uring the holidays to visit the incredible Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroue Cr che is a sheer joy The American Wing contains the Winslow Homer painting titled Gulf Stream and I love to absorb every Climate Smart Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy Book 52) detail of this stunning workSo then what s not to like about the museum except the previousirector In his book page after page is filled with me me me me me me me Hailing from a small town of course I have no reference of cultivating millionaires or No museum in the world is like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and no man has ever run it or revolutionized it uite like Thomas Hoving In a Academic Body decade Hoving changed almost everything people had grown accustomed to from the Met shaking the institution out of royal repose and transforming it into the most vital cultural presence in the country Now the irrepressible formerirector Saint Germain On Alchemy delivers a fearless account of his life at the pinnacle of the art world a modern Vanity Fair a true story of masterpieces and money society and scandal intrigue and international theft The Met is than aazzling art showpl.

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It might be a mistake to come into writing this 60 seconds after putting the book Chasing the Red Queen down but this book sure was a ride For me with my smattering of readings on museum work and cultural heritage provenance this was an enlightening fascinating often appalling look at how the Met was run for aecade in the middle of the last century For anyone however it would be a rollercoaster of a narrative It s a memoir of a Haylee director of the Met in many ways but also serves as a tell all as well as an educational tool for those wanting toip their feet into museum The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) doings and etcI highly recommend this book this is one of those ones that I m bummed I checked out from the library rather than purchased for myself Mr Hoving turned the Metropolitan Museum of Art from a staid collection of paintings and sculpture into a vibrant collection of all that art can and should be for anyone to come in and enjoy That is opinion but one generally held by most historians who studied the evolution of Manhattan s jeweluring the late 60 s until the late 70 s I m withholding any other opinion save that it is a shame Mr Hoving took the Time To Be A to be a greasy sleazeball of a weasel to each and every person he felt slighted him in nearly any way Hijacking the Brain during those years and even worse to print this book when so many of these people areead and cannot 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 defend themselves from his bitchy commentary That is my OWN opinion garnered after reading a book I honestly had looked forward to reading for years That was a craaaazy read most of the time Iid not even believe I was reading non fiction Wow insane Thomas Hoving served as the irector of the *Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967 1977 and was responsible for helping *Museum of Art from 1967 1977 and was responsible for helping the era of the blockbuster exhibition He saw his mission as acuiring the greatest works of art that would come on the market even if it meant eaccessioning large groups of lesser works Under his leadership the Met bought the Euphronios Krater created around 515 BC and considered one of the finest ancient Greek vases in existence it was repatriated to Italy in 2008 since it had originally been stolen by tomb raiders and Diego Vel zuez s Portrait of Juan Karen vs Alien de Pareja which cost 54 million in 1971 about 343 million in 2020ollars which Gendered Citizenships doesn t even sound that outrageous given the prices Van Goghs and even Basuiats are going forEuphronios Krater Portrait of Juane ParejaHoving Alien Disclosure at Area 51 depicts himself as a swashbuckler easily bored uick to anger he was kicked out of Phillips Exeter after six months for punching a Latin teacher He admits to being a womanizer hiring pricey call girls while on business trips in Europe a sex tourist in Vienna Most of all he is a maneeply impressed by his own wiliness and subterfuges in the pursuit of getting what he wanted and by the end of the memoir I was relieved to stop reading things likeI tried to look innocentI smiled benignly I nodded my head in agreement Then gently I retaliatedI sat looking glum wanting to make them think I had Singing the Law decided againstI had tricked Heckscher and the city government It worked No one figured it outI sneaked up to theoor of the room where he was phoning and listenedAfter my unwise enthusiasm with Hecht I chose a Alchemic different tack I ignored him completely He began to waverAnd amusingly enough neither he nor Rousseau nor Bothmer realized what had occurred I smiled and waved my handismissively but I was so excited I was yelling insideI got in touch with Jayne Wrightsman and carried on espondently about how we were going to miss "The Greatest French Painting In The World I Explained That "greatest French painting in the world I explained that university was shopping it around I neglected to tell her we had first and last crack at itI sped to London got instructions on how to rive to Sutton Place from Getty s secretary and rented a car the smallest car possible a Morris Mini and paid a tip not to have the car washedHis New York Times obituary notes that His memoir of his years leading the Met was written with all the flair of a potboiler helped along by passages that bordered on the fictional at least heavily embellished Mr Hoving see. Rs; from striking secret agreements with the world's most powerful ealers to sidestepping rivals; from securing blockbuster exhibitions like Tut and The Glory of Russian Costume to seizing the most phenomenal Velazuez portrait Hoving shares not only the nimbleness and brashness that made him so effective but also the zeal and passion that made the Met so exciting Making the Mummies Dance is told in the head on even naughty way that is trademark Hoving This is an important shocking museum story and an unforgettable tale of power struggles and one upmanship fame big money and of course great art. Nowing just the right thing to say at the right time I imagine that irecting such a prestigious museum fund raising and navigating through a pinkies in THE AIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS air board of Literature of Africa directors has challengesStill I could not enjoy the book because of the many references to his accomplishments his hobnobbing his snobbery and thus the continual nameropping made finishing the book a sheer agonizing accomplishmentI enjoyed reading Museum Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Danny Danziger It was a joy to learn about the Met through his wonderful interviews of employees That was a five star book Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change doesn t light up at allHoving was impressed and obsessed with himself and all the glamorous people he touched rather than explaining the everyay workings of the MetHe may have made the mummies Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature dance but I m very sure that after one round they were happy to go back into their sarcophagusNOT RECOMMENDED When I was a wide eyed sixteen year old aspiring artist I saw in Time Magazine that a painting Diego Velazuez s 1650 masterpiece Juane Pareja was bought for 54 million ollars It was the highest price that had ever been paid for a painting at auction up until that time The painting Had A Profound Effect a profound effect me and influenced the course of my artistic enuiry for a long time afterward Several years later as an art student I waited in line for literally hours at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see the breath taking blockbuster exhibition The Treasures of Tutankhamun The man responsible for both these momentous events in my artistic consciousness was the indomitable and controversial irector of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City Thomas HovingMaking the Mummies Dance is his extraordinary 1994 record of his tenure as Intro to Alien Invasion director of the premiere art institution of New York city Now you could be forgiven for thinking Right a book about a museumirector what could be of a sleeper but Hoving was not your average museum administrator He initiated and oversaw the largest revamp of arguably the most influential museum in the United States His impact is still felt today almost forty years later If we Therapy of Love didn t have this as proof of the effect he had on the culture of museums it would be easy toismiss much of what he writes as colourful bombast and exaggeration In this book he jumps off the page full of energy and ideas bumping and scraping with almost everyone he meets His Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism driving irreverent style reflects his approach to hisirectorship making as many enemies as splendid art acuisitions along the way He strategizes schemes and talks his way around almost everyone from the NY uber rich to shady art Museum Activism dealers in foreignark alleys He Narcissistic Mothers doesn t mince words or assessments of individuals like Senator Robert Kennedy he had been cold and nasty with me to patrons like Nelson Rockefeller or rivals like J Carter Brown theirector of the National Gallery in Washington DC He unabashedly uotes people like his political patron Mayor John Lindsey Get some of those old rich farts to put up the Falling For A Kingpin dough Likewise he is generous with praise for those he respects and admires like eminent art scholar John Pope Hennessy as a professional I had always found him matchless or Jacueline Kennedy Onassis I have never met anyone who carried the burden of celebrity so graciously As a former provincial museum educator I found the Byzantine workings of Hoving and the museum from jet setting around the world wrestling with Soviet bureaucracy to advising the empress of Iran thoroughly engaging Yet at the heart of all the power wrangling machinations is Hoving sriving passion for art If not for his ambition the Egyptian Temple of Dendur and the stunning north wing of the museum that houses it the magnificent Greek Euphronios krater of 510 BC nor the ground breaking photographic exhibition Harlem on My Mind would have never seen the light of ay As he wrote I have fallen in love often with works of art than with women We the public get to be the beneficiaries of that love and this *Book Is A Raucous Rollicking *is a raucous rollicking of that romance. Ace The museum is a vibrant if uietly influential community inhabited and run by singular sorts of people trustees and curators connoisseurs and conservators It is steeped in history and tradition and seems to move in a serene and elegant world of impeccable manners and the finest taste Behind the proper social veneers and pristine marble galleries Hoving reveals the cutthroat precincts where the real business of the Met is carried out From seducing important patrons like Robert Lehman Nelson Rockefeller Walter Annenberg and Brooke Astor to spiriting ancient treasures across international borde. ,