Just as a CAT scan can give a cross-section view of a brain, Museum gives a cross-section glimpse of the personnel necessary to maintain and grow the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Physically the size of five city blocks, the Met is like a small city unto itself and requires a full complement of staff to run it.
Danny Danzinger has compiled interviews with more than fifty staff members boasting a full range of job titles, from president, trustees, and curators to maintenance, security and wait staff. The interviews range from three to five pages each. Some interviewees talk about the history of the institution, others their own personal history that they bring with them. All feel valued in their jobs and express pride in their institution - and everyone has his personal favorite work of art.
This book is more than just an oral history of a great institution. It excites the reader to want to travel to New York and wander the halls of this museum and view its collections. I may have to settle for a gallery closer by, but I will be more mindful of the staff behind the scenes working to enhance my experience.