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A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art by Marcia Tucker

By Marcia Tucker

This engrossing memoir brings to bright lifestyles the behind-the-scenes struggles of Marcia Tucker, the 1st girl to be employed as a curator on the Whitney Museum of yankee paintings and the founding father of the recent Museum of latest paintings in big apple urban. Tucker got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties, and this lively account of her lifestyles attracts the reader at once into the burgeoning feminist move and the buzz of the recent York paintings international in the course of that point. Her personal new methods of considering led her to take principled stands that experience replaced the way in which artwork museums give some thought to modern paintings. 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 up to date paintings, she prepared and curated groundbreaking exhibitions that frequently interested by the nexus of artwork and politics. The publication highlights Tucker's dedication to forging a brand new process whilst the present one proved too slim for her expansive imaginative and prescient.

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Smiling politely, I held the coat open for him to put on. He turned his back to me, put one arm into the sleeve, then followed with the other. He got the second arm into the armhole all right, but it refused to go through, and he pulled it out. I stood patiently while he made a second attempt and a third, without success. Exasperated, he turned to look over his shoulder at me, made a face, and with brute force and a ripping sound, pushed through the sleeve till his hand emerged triumphant at the other end.

I need you to work tomorrow,” he said. ” “I’m so sorry,” I said, “but if you’d given me some notice, I would have been happy to help. I’ve already promised my brother that I’d visit him in the hospital. ” He pursed his lips, blowing an impatient puff of air through his nose, then turned on his heels and went back into his office, slamming the door behind him. Before I could stand up, the door opened again. He stood in front of me, a silver cup full of pencils in his hand. Pencil maintenance was part of my job.

He didn’t come right out and say he thought it was wrong for us to get married, just that we should wait, maybe even forever. Then at last, through the Ethical Culture Society, we found someone who said he would be happy to perform an “interfaith” marriage, the most dignified term we’d heard thus far, at his office in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. a short life of trouble 39 We got dressed in our tiny apartment—I wore a red velvet dress and Michael cut his hair short, shaved his beard, and wore a rented tuxedo— and we took a cab uptown to the synagogue, holding hands and staring out at the thick white flakes that covered the city like confectioners’ sugar.

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