June 26, 2008

Nelson-Atkins Attendance Up

Some good news (and some refreshingly direct discussion) about attendance at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City with its new Stephen Holl-designed addition to in this article in the Kansas City Star.

Attendance is up significantly, although not as much as they had hoped, and unlike the Denver Art Museum (article and interview) and the Milwaukee Art Museum (article) both of which found themselves in financial hot water after their expansions, the Nelson-Atkins seems cautiously optimistic about its future attendance.

Aside: I'll see the new building ths summer, but in the meantime loved this quote about it from the director in a NY Times article:  
“It’s distinctive like an icon, but not one of those self-satisfied exhibitionist buildings that beg for applause.”
I hope it lives up to this.

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