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Teaching an old Met contemporary tricks: Museum director Thomas Campbell on launching Met Breuer

Teaching an old Met contemporary tricks: Museum director Thomas Campbell on launching Met Breuer

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art may be almost a century and a half old, but that doesn't mean that one of the oldest art institutions in the United States isn't intent on evolving.

In mid-March, the museum will open a branch devoted to Modern and contemporary art: The Met Breuer, which will inhabit the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue that once housed the Whitney Museum of American Art. (The Whitney has since decamped to a new location downtown designed by Renzo Piano.)

The Met is also at work on a plan to revamp its notoriously unwelcoming...

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