Art: Plaut's Root

Through the streets of Boston last fortnight clip-clopped a horse ridden by a Negro wearing a ballet costume and a red wig. The plug, advertising the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (see p. 38), was the bright idea of one of the brightest of young U. S. Museum directors: lanky, fair-haired James Sachs Plaut, of Boston's Institute of Modern Art. Smart Jim Plaut, 28, had arranged for the Institute to sponsor the opening of the Ballet, and to pocket any thing the box office took over $3,000. The Institute pocketed $1,000.

When the performance was over, most of...

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