After months of anticipation, the Covid blackout seems to be lifting. Gradually businesses are coming back and in New York, one of the most anticipated openings was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opening on August 29, lines snaked out and around the plaza and among those waiting was Eric Gibson, former employee of Andre’ Emmerich Gallery, former Executive Editor of ARTNews and now the long-time editor of the WSJ Leisure & Art page. Gibson shared his experience in the Journal’s edition of August 31, providing a first-hand seasoned observer’s eye to an event that marks the new, new for not just the Met, but museums across the country and elsewhere. Just as Howard Carter must have felt when the tomb long-shut opened, expectations for the Met were tempered by our own experiences of isolation and wonder about what it would be like. As Gibson tells it, it’s not the same.
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