Art: Musical Chairs

When the directorship of an important art museum falls vacant, the directors of every U.S. museum perk up. In the game musical chairs that follows, even the lowliest may find a plushier seat. Last summer Perry Rathbone, director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, was appointed to fill the directorship of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (vacated by the death of George Edgell).

In December Charles Nagel, in charge of the Brooklyn Museum, got the nod from St. Louis (his home town). Soon afterward Edgar Schenck, director of the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, was tapped by Brooklyn. Schenck frankly...

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