Quoted from article by Harley Perkins in the BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT, Saturday, April 21, 1928.
"It is to be wondered if by any chance an American University had been having a course on American Art, would it have seemed advisable under similar plan to have had an exhibition which would have provided a survey of native painting? The Fogg Museum has acquired of late a reputation for having at least a tolerant attitude toward contemporary endearvor, though the student body through the two recent loan exhibitons of works acquired by them, which consisted of some antiques but more conspicuously of French modern things, gave evidence that they have yet to learn that fine things are today produced in this country as well as abroad and are worth collecting.
The traveling show of American paintings which has made a brief appearance at the Fogg has been discontinued, which is quite as well, for it was a much censured group of but twenty-six out of nearly twice as many canvases available which were brought to public notice. Paintings which had been made the centers of other shows elsewhere by persons thoroughly conservant with contemporary endeavor and were featured in various museums during the recent tour of the show from coast to coast remained in Cambridge ingloriously in the basement of the Fogg.
Censorship is no new experience in this locality. It would indeed be a fine thing if at Harvard as well as at other higher institutions of culture the same serious attention could be given present-day artistic endeavor which is currently bestowed upon science or in art upon the retrospective, the antique, the medieval, the Renaissance. Such an occurrence does not seem wholly likely until in the ranging of time the work of today finds itself in one of these already mentioned pigeon-holes. Then no doubt it will be magnificently classified and the subject of much wise discussion as to exact attribution."
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