The Big Canvas
These are notes I took at a regional gathering of arts administrators, who gathered to see what ideas people had to promote the arts in a time of economic difficulty. The short answer was: pretty much none.
So I will only transcribe a few of the notes. After the fact, I cut random phrases from a newspaper and pasted them over the page to make it into a kind of found-concrete poetry.
Barnes activists occasionally get up and hold up signs.
It's a long and sad story how the Barnes Foundation, a truly wonderful institution, bankrupted itself in a series of pointless and avoidable lawsuits. In the aftermath, they were bailed out by public money and a new museum is being built for the fine art collection on the Parkway, in Philadelphia. A number of people near the old Barnes felt strongly that it should have stayed where it was. They've continued fighting, long after the war was lost, bitter and self-righteous people with some of the most cluttered protest signs you've ever seen in our life.
In the bottom left corner is a doodle titled Fishing Within and annotated, Internal Hook of Conscience. I don't know why I like to make jokes about the agenbite of inwit, but I do.