We Need Museums More in Digital Age
Get thee to an exhibition. Life is moving inexorably onto computer screens, making museums the “abiding material ground” for good, old-fashioned objects. Art critic Martin Gayford and Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Met in New York, appeal for slower and more serious browsing time, encouraging museum goers to reconnect with the past in their new book, Rendez-Vous with Art. Though their attitude may be uncompromising, they hope to get people to “savor the act of seeing” history, rather than simply rushing to the gift shop.