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American Museums Are Recovering, But Wary

Now that the American economy seems to – at last – be righting itself, ever so slightly, lots of museums are creeping cautiously into recovery mode. What this might mean for the jobs rate or manufacturing or whatever is anyone’s guess, but a world in which institutions like, say, the Seattle Art Museum are not teetering on the brink of insolvency is, we’d say, far preferable to one in which they are. The problem is that no one’s got any idea whether or not this recovery, if that’s what it really is, will last, and so these steps are tentative, of the sort that, say, a baby would take. (I think there’s a phrase in there somewhere.) So: museums doing better, still not doing well. Which kind of sums up America right now, doesn’t it? (FULL ARTICLE: Javier Pes, Helen Stoilas, The Art Newspaper)

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