Art: Annenberg Interruptus

It sounded, at first, almost too good to be true: a benefactor gives $40 million to America's greatest museum, no strings visible, to "record man's total accomplishment" in culture, "probably in the form of video cassette or disc." Such was the pharaonic enterprise entailed in the Fine Arts Center of the Annenberg School of Communications, to be housed inside New York's Metropolitan Museum in a new wing built, equipped and funded for ten years by ex-President Nixon's ambassador to Britain, Publisher (TV Guide, Seventeen) Walter H. Annenberg. It would be run by the Met's director, Thomas Hoving, who announced his retirement...

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