An Extraordinary Place
Mary E. Ittelson reflects on the connections between museum, artist, and audience.
I think this is an extraordinary place. I believe that contemporary art is so important, more important now than ever. I believe that we must support our living artists and I believe that we must give living artists a venue and a voice. And museums I believe are the integral connection between the artist and the audience, and I believe the MCA is a particularly enlightened venue and a particularly conducive conduit for that connection. And so to have been able to work here—first as a staff member and then ultimately as a volunteer—and to see so many great artists flourish and to see their work presented in such an extraordinary way has been a privilege for which I'm eternally grateful.