Letter: Proposed museum lobby unsuitable for art display

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To the editor:

The picture in The Eagle of the proposed new lobby for the Berkshire Museum shows a place really unsuitable for the exhibition of fine art. A balcony installation does not allow the viewer to stand back far enough to see the paintings at the right distance. It may not allow handicapped people to even get that close.

The cramming of art into small, framed cubes is hardly attractive, and the cubes themselves would be expensive and will require frequent dusting. Hanging art that high also exposes the works to the higher temperatures at the top of the room. The total impression of the entry as proposed seems like a jumble that would repulse the viewer, rather than displaying each work to best advantage.

I hope that if the lobby is remodeled that this design will not be used. Perhaps, a simple functional entrance would be practical, adaptable, and more attractive.

Katherine Montgomery,

North Adams

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