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. . . Metropolitan Museum --

Q:

-- this is a comment on the publicity that the Metropolitan Museum got in 1973 on the sale of art works that had been bestowed upon them.

Lasker:

I think it's going to harm them in their ability to get new gifts, because most people who want to give an important picture to the museum want to feel the picture is there permanently. I for one would hesitate to give an important picture the Metropolitan for fear it would be sold. I think it's been harmful to them, although I think on the whole the museum looks very well, looks more attractive than it ever did because Mr. Having has done a very good installation job.

Q:

Well, do you want to comment on the field of beautification, especially in the city of New York?

Lasker:

Well, Mr. Clurman had a very hard time, because he was only in a year, and very little that I could see was done that was very outstanding. A great deal may have happened in other boroughs, that I don't know about. But the tulips that I planted, the 10,000 tulips that I planted this year looked very pretty on Park Avenue. Did you see them?

Q:

They were simply gorgeous.

Lasker:

Weren't they?

Q:

Especially on Easter Sunday.



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