By Marcia Tucker
This engrossing memoir brings to vibrant existence the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the 1st girl to be employed as a curator on the Whitney Museum of yank artwork and the founding father of the recent Museum of latest paintings in big apple urban. Tucker got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties, and this lively account of her existence attracts the reader at once into the burgeoning feminist stream and the buzz of the recent York artwork international in the course of that point. Her personal new methods of considering led her to take principled stands that experience replaced the way in which artwork museums examine modern artwork. As curator of portray and sculpture on the Whitney, she equipped significant exhibitions of the paintings of Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, and Richard Tuttle, between others. As founding father of the hot Museum of latest artwork, she equipped and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that regularly occupied with the nexus of paintings and politics. The e-book highlights Tucker's dedication to forging a brand new procedure while the present one proved too slim for her expansive imaginative and prescient.
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I need you to work tomorrow,” he said. ” “I’m so sorry,” I said, “but if you’d given me some notice, I would have been happy to help. I’ve already promised my brother that I’d visit him in the hospital. ” He pursed his lips, blowing an impatient puff of air through his nose, then turned on his heels and went back into his office, slamming the door behind him. Before I could stand up, the door opened again. He stood in front of me, a silver cup full of pencils in his hand. Pencil maintenance was part of my job.
In the cab, I realized that I didn’t have enough for the taxi and the bus and started to bawl helplessly. Ignoring the obvious, the turbaned cabdriver asked if I was all right. ” He immediately turned off the meter, sped to the Port Authority, and dropped me at the door, wishing me luck as I fled inside, searching hopelessly for a Kleenex and the few crumpled dollar bills hidden in the torn linings of my coat pockets. I boarded the bus, and twenty minutes later I was home. My father was pacing up and down in front of the house, waiting for me.
I long to be a little girl again, and to curl up in a big warm bed and find warmth. ” Back at college, I became a serious folk music groupie. When I discovered that nearby Yale had weekly concerts, I became a constant, eager presence. To my astonishment, all my favorite singers were performing—the Carter Family, Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, Joan Baez, still unknown outside an inner sanctum of followers. There I was, a wild-haired, pale young thing sitting smack in the middle of the front row, gazing up adoringly at my heroes and humming along to the music until some nearby purist would glare at me to stop.
A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World by Marcia Tucker