Monday, April 28, 2008

International Attendees: Plus Ça Change...

At today's International Attendees Welcome Reception, I assumed there'd be a babel of languages—maybe someone would even give me a chance to use my French or Spanish. I'd also get to eavesdrop on conversations about what was surely the vastly different world of museum practice in other countries. According to Heather Berry, my colleague in the international programs department, the 150 or so people who showed up represented an impressive range of countries from around the world.

"Fundraising for exhibitions can get difficult," one man told his group.

"We're going to have to work that out with the director and the board," I heard someone in another cluster say.

"Which sessions are you going to?" asked somebody else.

Hmph. I wonder if museums in other countries worry about visitation, too. It really is a global museum village.

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