The most revealing phrase in Eli Broad’s L.A. Times op-ed about Paul Schimmel’s dismissal is “$100 a visitor.” Broad is looking at exhibition costs in a way few museum visitors do, by taking a show’s cost and dividing it by the number of people who see it. His point is that some Schimmel-style scholarly shows—on which MOCA’s reputation is, or was, based—are costly in per capita terms because relatively few people see them. For Broad, and for unnamed “new trustees,” $100 per visitor is sticker shock territory. Should we feel the same?
— William Poundstone (via hydeordie)