Art: Growing Pains

The occasion was marked by the panache that Thomas Hoving has displayed ever since he became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art three years ago. Mrs. Richard Nixon flew from Washington to help inaugurate a show of 19th century American art. Next day, Manhattan's finest and richest turned up at another gala to celebrate, for the fifth time this season and for $125 apiece, the 100th anniversary of the museum. There was waltzing to a Meyer Davis orchestra in the Arms and Armor Court, frugging to Watson and the Sherlocks in the Fountain Restaurant, and the guest list filled the...

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