With their doors shut, concert halls and art museums leave a big hole in the cultural landscape. Here is David Smith with this weeks edition of David and Art.
The reports from the art world are not very rosy. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, arts institutions, like so many other places, are feeling the strains. Some art museums have cautiously opened back up, but some other, major ones are waiting. The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC for instance is still closed, although it recently opened its outdoor sculpture garden on a limited basis. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has announced that it’s not planning to open its doors until August 29.
Largely because of these ongoing closures, arts institutions—which, even in the best of times aren’t exactly flush with cash—are feeling it in the bottom line. With their doors closed until who knows