Art: The Public Sees

"One soiled thumb could undo the work of 900 years, and a misplaced cough could be a disaster." So said J. Pierpont Morgan when, in 1924, his and his father's great Morgan Library in Manhattan was incorporated as a semi-public institution—its treasures available not to just anybody, but to a few students, to people who took the trouble to write for an admission card. Last week, for the first time, the great Morgan Library's grille-work gates were with due precaution thrown open to the public, for the duration of the New York World's Fair....

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