Art: How to Start a Museum

How to Start a Museum Though many a small U.S. city can brag about its town hall and its public library, few can point to an honest-to-goodness art museum. Santa Barbara, Calif, (pop. 45,000) is one that can. Last week culture-conscious Santa Barbara was celebrating its museum's tenth anniversary. One of the high spots of the anniversary show was a loan display of 30 modern paintings, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Rouault and Braque.

The man behind the show and the museum is 46-year-old Director Donald Bear. A Santa Barbara citizens' committee persuaded him from his job as director of the...

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