How Curator Sheena Wagstaff Chooses Art for the Met

Her decisions help inform the cultural conversation about great art.


Episode Notes

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about art curation with Sheena Wagstaff, who leads the Metropolitan Museum’s program of modern and contemporary art for the Met Breuer and the Met Fifth Avenue. First they discuss the curator’s role of deciding which works of art are culturally important. Then Wagstaff makes her case for why people should see art in person and why it’s such a tragedy that no one is able to see the Met Brauer’s current exhibition of works from prolific German painter Gerhard Richter.

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