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Peerless insight to museum renovations, how they get out of control and most importantly, how to pay for these mega projects. Screen Shot 2018 11 03 at 16.50.25

While you read this, remember $73 million. That’s the debt the Clark Art Institute owes on its expanded and renovated buildings. It’s paying the bill over a period of years from its operating budget, slashing its art acquisition and exhibition programs to a minimum. The art world isn’t immune to the laws of economics. 

Over the next few weeks, I’ll write periodically about museum building projects. I’ve been deeply involved in two. At the Clark, I was a curator during most of the planning stage for its immense project. At the Addison Gallery, I was director for ten years during which we renovated our building and added a new wing. Over the past 20 years, almost every museum of consequence has had a building plan. I’ve learned plenty from these, too. There are good and not-so-good ways to build.

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