February 7th, 2002

Smithsonian Pluses and Minuses

The New York Times

There is no doubt that the Smithsonian needs money, since it has a $1 billion construction backlog and receives only 70 percent of its operating budget from Congress. But it does not need money that diverts the institution from its core missions or handcuffs its curatorial independence in any way. The Reynolds gift would have done both. Nor should the Smithsonian raise money, as Mr. Small has done, in ways that turn parts of the institution into corporate billboards.

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