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New York’s MoMA does this, the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas does that.

So, what exactly is going on in the art world? Are American art institutions engaged in a Manichean battle between exclusivity and access? Will this all be settled with a mud wrestling match between Crystal Bridges benefactor Alice Walton and MoMA director Glenn Lowry? Can we, in the name of Allah, have that battle royale of museum heavies livestreamed, pretty pretty please?

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.