Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Patronizing the Arts Review

Joseph Epstein gives an interesting and excellent review of Marjorie Garber's Patronizing the Arts. In it he points out all the problems of the government and the universities as arts patrons. I think it also shows why there needs to be someplace like The Emerson Institute to patronize the arts. When we get to thte place where we can do so. Of course, all patrons require something of the artists they are patronizing, and EIFC will be no different, but you may rest assured that it will be excellence, and not the kind of mediocrity created by government patronage nor the kind of insularity created by the university's patronage.