Art: The Little League

Art news, like other news, is mostly made in the world's metropolises. But last week one of the top stories in the U.S. art world had its source in upstate New York's quiet Mohawk Valley. Improbable cause of all the excitement: the opening of a new art museum in Utica, N.Y. (pop. 100,000) and its inaugural show called "Art Across America." NEW UTICA MUSEUM DWARFS EVENTS HERE, headlined the New York Herald Tribune's big-city art writer.

Utica's Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute did not have a particularly promising start in life. Though the institute was formally founded...

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