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32. How the New Museum Committed Suicide with Banality by William Powhida, 2009

Powhida dished out a blatant indictment of the curatorial practice of New York City's New Museum. It was direct and unabashedly satirical. The caricatures of major art-world players look like MAD magazine illustrations posed playfully next to Powhida's biting criticisms. He chops the museum's programming up to personal connections, but one has to wonder how similar the structures of the New Museum are to other museums in the United States. Powhida's piece set a new standard for institutional critique from that point forward.

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