Taking On The Blockbuster Culture

“A few decades ago, art lovers visiting an art museum for the first time would invariably ask, ‘Where are the best pictures that you own?’ But over the last 25 years or so, they’ve been trained to ask instead, ‘What exhibitions do you have on view right now?’ Museums have become more and more preoccupied, even obsessed, with their rosters of temporary shows… The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s repository for modern and contemporary art, has caught on to this new reality, acknowledged it as a problem, and set out to do something about it.”