Changing The Way We View Art

Back in 1999, Malcolm Rogers made himself rather unpopular with his staff at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, when he consolidated several departments, and even let a few long-tenured employees go. “The radical restructuring made international news in the art world as Rogers dismantled curatorial fiefdoms and folded decorative arts into American and European painting departments. Rogers’ rallying cry was ‘One Museum,’ where curators would work together to display artworks in different media and incorporate work from other cultures and historical periods that served as influences. Paintings, sculpture and decorative arts would be displayed together so that objects could ‘speak’ to each other. Now Rogers’ revolution is starting to evolve in the galleries.”