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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
  Buchel Appeals
via Anaba: Buchel is appealing his humiliating defeat in court and asking the appeals court to set aside Judge Ponsor's summary judgment against him (Buchel appears to have asked for the summary judgment in the first place), thereby apparently forcing MoCA to keep the tarps over the collection of objects that Christoph Buchel claims is not yet art for the foreseeable future.

The more I see, the more I am convinced that Ed Winkleman's theory that this whole episode is the performance portion of Training Ground for Democracy is correct. What's more "democratic" than abusing the legal system?!

Given the significant infusion of recent support that MoCA has received from Yale and the Clark, I wonder if the urgency to free up the huge gallery 5 is still present. This could go on, and on, and on.......

A friend familiar with the case suggested that this conflict has the potential to go all the way up to the Supreme Court because of the unexplored precedents at play. Wouldn't that be a kicker!
See what happens when you bring those artsy type people to town. Nothing but trouble I say. Of course this whole charade could be one grand publicity stunt cooked up by both parties. As PT Barnum used to say, you can print whatever you want about me as long as you spell my name correctly - there is no such thing as bad publicity.

What better free advertising, for both sides, than a case going to the supreme court.

Wasn't Karl Rove hired as a publicity consultant for MoCA after he left the white house?
This is great publicity for the city itself. This fight conveys a certain vitality that contradicts the rust-belt stereotype. The more folks who hear "North Adams" in the context of a cultural dispute, the better.
I visited Mass MoCA yesterday and snuck a peek at the closed exhibit. The tarps were down. Whether they will be put back up reamins to be seen.

As to dasnoops comments, I guess he's right, artsy types like me are nothing but "trouble." We don't just accept things as they are, we try to make them better.

Maybe I will stop volunteering at the Spitzer Center, and stop promoting the city in the hopes that it can grow again. Sorry you have such a narrow view of things.

As to the Buchel controversy, it has brought a great deal of attnetion to North Adams, Newspapers all over the US are reporting that the Northern Berkshires have become a major cultural scene. God forbid some more jobs and visitors might come to town.
It's hard to tell how far into his own cheek, snoop's tongue was planted in that first comment. While he has repeatedly said that the arts are not the be-all and end-all of North Adams' future, I've rarely sensed any open hostility either. That's what a few of our city councilors are for. (No tongue in cheek)
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