In a story reported by Newhouse News and others, the Cleveland Museum of Art has scrapped plans to mount a major Turner exhibition because the cost of insuring the exhibit (against terrorist attacks among other things) is too high.
I for one am sick and tired of these so-called "blockbuster" exhibitions so anything to stem the tide is welcome in my book.
I'm tired of having to pay an additional admission fee. I'm tired of having timed entry into the museum. I'm tired of looking over the heads (I'm a shorty) of the hundreds of people crammed into the museum galleries. Candidly, my favorite museum-going experience in recent memory was the Sugimoto show at the MCA in Chicago. Why? BECAUSE I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE! (It was also the best installed show I've seen in years, plus the photos were top notch.)
Art and money are so irreversibly tied together now that apparently museums now rely on the massive revenue generated by the blockbuster exhibitions they mount. Additionally (and even more nauseating) is the special gift shop that viewers are unavoidably dumped into at the end of the exhibition. You know who else does this? Theme parks, that's who.