Shapiro's bottom line is get patrons in the door, but beyond that he gives up. As a former employee and member of the High museum I watched most Patrons walk in the door see (insert blockbuster exhibit here) and walk out. Whether or not the High should pursuit more modern exhibits I don't have an answer, however If only one gallery, for special exhibits, is being used then think about the percentage of wasted income for the upkeep of the rest of the galleries. The bigger question is not "how can we can we become more contemporary?" it's "Why is so much money being spent on areas not being used/visited?" With a staff of "yes men and woman" who spend most of their time complaining about Shapiro's choices behind his back but does what they're told in fear of being fired there aren't any new or alternative ideas. If you take the time to investigate, Shapiro didn't just resign in Los Angles he was asked to leave. Shapiro uses the same flawed managing techniques he used then that he uses now, the only difference being that LA's board of directors stood up to his unnecessary stubbornness and asked him to leave. If you want to take the steps towards fixing the High Museum of Art let's switch from a "One man in charge" philosophy to a more open communal board of art professionals.
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