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Making the Mummies Dance: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Make-Up the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The story of the Met is one of pride, extravagance, avarice, envy, greed, and egotism. The museum is a city unto itself, populated by colorful characters from the directors, curators, workers, artists, financial geniuses, and of course, the famous and infamous Board of Directors; only the very rich need apply. An early Met Curator, Dietrich von Bothmer, was a refugee from Nazi Germany whose greatest Met acquisitions turned out to be looted art. The rich and famous frequent the Met; Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Diana Vreeland, who founded the famous costume extravaganza, Leonard Lauder, who bequeathed his $1 billion art collection, and Thomas Hoving, the provocative and engaging Director, who served through the 60’s and 70’s. Hoving revolutionized museums around the world but left the Met in chaos for Philippe de Montebello, who became the Met’s longest serving Director, stepping down in 2008. Turnover at the Director level has risen ever since. The book, Making the Mummies Dance by Thomas Hoving is a fascinating read. Mary F. Cook will tell Met stories.

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Cost: $7.00 All proceeds benefit the library

 

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