"The place is politically, totally insane"

March 20 2017

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William D. Cohan in Vanity Fair has an overview of what might have led to Thomas Campbell's resignation from The Met. There's much speculation, and it seems there's little by way of defense from Campbell's point of view. But the concluding paragraph of the piece seems believable enough:

“It’s not a very complicated story,” says a source close to the Met. “Tom was a curator. He was plucked out to run a big job—not just director but director and C.E.O. He forged an agenda with the board. He had some management issues. They together made all these decisions to get ahead on digital. Tom wasn’t on his own. They together decided to invest in modern and contemporary. The place is politically, totally insane. Along the way, whatever is going on among the board members about who’s up and who’s down, Tom obviously lost enough support there and he obviously lost curatorial support—the curators run the whole culture. And because he wasn’t a good manager, they urged him to leave and he resigned and that’s the story.”

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