Museums: Happening at the Met

Eventually it even became a cocktail-party game. Who would—and could—become the new director of the nation's richest, most prestigious art museum, New York's Metropolitan? Since the death of James Rorimer last May, the Met, whose attendance soared under his eleven-year tenure to the largest in the U.S. (7,000,000 visitors a year), has lacked a leader. The names bandied about to replace Rorimer were a Who's Who of American and foreign museum directors. The actual name, when it leaked out a few days before this week's official announcement, was the most highly unexpected expected appointment imaginable.

It was Thomas Pearsall Field Hoving....

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