By Marcia Tucker

ISBN-10: 0520257006

ISBN-13: 9780520257009

ISBN-10: 0520265955

ISBN-13: 9780520265950

This engrossing memoir brings to brilliant lifestyles the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the 1st lady to be employed as a curator on the Whitney Museum of yankee artwork and the founding father of the hot Museum of up to date paintings in big apple urban. Tucker got here of age within the Sixties, and this lively account of her existence attracts the reader at once into the burgeoning feminist circulate and the buzz of the hot York paintings international in the course of that point. Her personal new methods of pondering led her to take principled stands that experience replaced the best way paintings museums contemplate 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 recent Museum of latest artwork, she prepared and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that frequently concerned about the nexus of artwork and politics. The e-book highlights Tucker's dedication to forging a brand new method whilst the present one proved too slim for her expansive imaginative and prescient.

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Someone else had put on her face for her, and it was all wrong. She is definitely not my mother, I thought, yet she unmistakably is—or was. I was confused, unhinged, gorged with grief, and at the same time I had the feeling that I was watching myself from a vantage point just above where I was standing. I was looking down at my mother’s body while looking at myself looking down at her, a double vision that both fascinated and nauseated me. Warren was standing just inside the door, greeting people as though this were a cocktail party instead of our mother’s funeral.

Daddy was carried out in a body bag by two cops who didn’t even notice when they banged him carelessly against the doorjamb. Relatives tiptoed in and out, shaking their heads, sighing deeply. They told stories about my father, but not to me. They ignored Michael, who seemed not to notice; his eyes were constantly seeking out mine. I was sitting shiva because everyone had told me that not to observe this basic Jewish tradition would be disrespectful to the dead. What they really meant was disrespectful to them, since my father couldn’t have cared less.

Another job benefit was my buddy and confidant Pedro, who was housekeeper, cook, chauffeur, and anything else René and his wife, Denise, known as Den-Den, needed him to be. Pedro, who was in his early fifties and looked two decades younger, was a total blast. Once he’d served the bigwigs, he made lunch for the two of us, and we’d sit in the kitchen eating his delicious food, chatting amiably about our lives, joking about being the hired help, and drinking endless cups of the best coffee I’d ever tasted.

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