Art: New Man Out

Young and energetic, John Hightower came down on the Museum of Modern Art like a wolf on the fold —only to find that the fold was full of veteran wolves. He told the trustees to their faces: "I am not interested in the museum as an elegant warehouse for gems, but in its value as an educational force. I'm interested in changing the direction of the museum."

At 36, Hightower came to the Modern's directorship from a successful tenure as executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts, where he had...

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