Republicans And NYC Artists: Worlds Apart

With thousands of Republican conventioneers flooding the streets of Manhattan this past week, a cynic might have predicted that it would be a slow week in the New York art world. The cynic would have been right: one gallery, owned by conservatives from Georgia, held a blowout party for Senator Zell Miller, but other than that, the city’s galleries and museums were left out in the cold by a political party which is increasingly cut off from the art world. “While there were 4,853 delegates and alternates at the convention, only 133 delegates and their family members checked in at a desk set up in the [Metropolitan Museum of Art’s] lobby to offer them special tours.”