Art: From the Birdie's Nest

Manhattan's pioneering Museum of Modern Art last week took a plunge. Conservative U. S. art museums have dipped condescendingly into the art of photography, buying an occasional print to store in their basements, sandwiching an occasional show of fine photographs between their Cezannes and Rembrandts. None of them has ever rated photographs high enough to give them a full-fledged department, complete with curators and permanent collections. But the Modern Museum, which had long been flirting with camera art, last week announced that it would give photography a large, permanent place alongside its departments...

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