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Hoodwinked by class?

Dear Editor:

The timing is right for Aspen citizens to investigate whether our sense of self-worth as a town is bound up only with world-class amenities. Are we “thrilled” and excited that a world-class art museum, designed by a world-class architect, might be built in order to continue our not-so-subtle feeling of importance or superiority as a world-class resort. Would we feel inferior if the AAM was built in Vail?

What makes an art museum world class ” the building, the location, the art it collects, the exhibits it attracts, its donors, its board, its leader? How important is it for a town to maintain an affordable, city-owned space for local use rather than to sell out to a privatized world-class project? Are we being hoodwinked?

Anne Byard


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