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Monday, December 08, 2008

Lessons for Bombay from an Art Museum in LA

Granted, the variables that affect the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and those that affect a local government are pretty disparate: the museum doesn't have to deal with armed attacks (yet) or bad drainage.

Fact remains however, that an administration is an administration is a five syllabic word. And Roberta Smith's article, which outlines a method for rescuing the MOCA from bankruptcy, also contains important lessons for organizers, public servants and ticked off citizens everywhere.

Smith writes:

But first there needs to be a truce. Both the siege and the bunker mentality must be suspended. People have to set aside their rage at one another and at outside critics. They should stop fretting about their reputations or grudges. Egos have to be left at the door.
This article places emphasis on the importance of communication across and in spite of the badly-drawn societal lines that exist in any organization, gathering or locality. In a time where every new day brings about four emails containing news of yet another group gathering in the name of solidarity post the attacks in Bombay, this sort of communication is what the city needs first.

3 comments:

Chinku said...

I love this monkey theory and at this moment I am so tempted to try it... the monkey theory takes me to that book on apes, The life and times of Altu-Faltu... aiyo... and now Ranjit Lal has come out with a new monkey/animal tale which I must read...

As for the corollary, I agree, when nothing seems to sell, people will resort to sell "the next big voice", and we all know what happened to Opal Mehta...

Chinku said...

don't we all know what happened to Opal Mehta, and how she got kissed, but managed to give some other girl a huge round of helpings!...

erm as for the monkey.... dude what a theory... I have to try it... like NOW...

Mriganayanii said...

Communication is important, sure. But I am not sure I agree with the prevalent view expressed at these group gatherings, that it is our political leadership alone, that is to blame.
check it out -- http://mriganayanii.blogspot.com/