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Michael Taylor to Virginia MFA
One of this season’s enduring mysteries around town concerns the departure as Hood Museum Director of well liked Michael Taylor. I’ve heard various rumors, but nothing that I could pin down to any level of certainty. Now word comes that Taylor has landed a new job at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:
Read the full VMFA press release here.
Addendum: The Valley News story on Taylor’s departure from the Hood and new appointment in Virginia ended with an interesting quote and two paragraphs of writer Nicola Smith’s editorial commentary:
Nyerges said that he talked both to Taylor, and to a “lot of other people who knew the situation very well; it’s Dartmouth’s loss and our gain. The politics of museums and universities, to say the least, are interesting.”…
The question remains why Dartmouth College would shoot itself in the foot with a public relations misstep. The college has the right to decide who is at the helm of the Hood Museum, but in the absence of information or explanation, rumor fills the vacuum, which is neither fair to Taylor, nor advantageous to the college. The Hood Museum serves not only the college, but the Upper Valley at large.
And what kind of signal does the manner of Taylor’s departure send to prospective applicants? If a director’s level of scholarship, personal and professional reputation, and engagement with the entire community, are not enough to hold onto the job, then what are the criteria?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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