Walters exhibition should be blockbuster for gallery, 0...


September 24, 1998

Walters exhibition should be blockbuster for gallery, 0) Baltimore

The arts preview enlightened Baltimore's culture lovers about the array of worthwhile opportunities this season. In his visual arts preview, critic John Dorsey described the major museums' offerings as a nice balance of the "crowd-pleasing" and "thought-provoking," but lacking the scale and name recognition last year's shows ("Less glamour, lots of interest," Sept. 13).

While it is true that the Walters Art Gallery, as always, considered artistic and scholarly merit first when planning its upcoming exhibitions, the "The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican" exhibition opening in November does indeed deserve "blockbuster" status.

This summer, more than 200,000 visitors attended the St. Louis Art Museum's 12-week showing of the "Angels" exhibition. If this is any indication of the show's potential to draw visitors, the Walters should have no difficulty reaching the projected attendance of 85,000 for its 8-week showing. This projection translates into an average of 1,800 visitors per day, on par with the Monet blockbuster at the Walters this spring. The Monet exhibition recorded about 1,900 visitors per day and had an estimated economic impact of $15 million on the city.

Since "Angels from the Vatican" will be on view at the Walters during the height of the holiday season (November 8-January 3), it will no doubt mean a similar boost to the economy. This is an offering to rival the shows of Washington and New York City; the "Angels" blockbuster promises to be a fount of cultural enrichment and tourist dollars for the city of Baltimore.

Ann Wilson


The writer is director of marketing and communications at the Walters Art Gallery.

Graves the wrong umpire for Little League dispute

The Northwood Baseball League should demand someone other than City Planning Director Charles C. Graves III to serve as umpire in its dispute with Morgan State University ("Morgan, Little League fight over fields," Sept. 12). Mr. Graves is the chairman for MSU's master plan for expansion.

It is our experience that MSU is not particularly concerned about its environmental setting on the Herring Run. It may be similarly unconcerned about its other neighbors.

Richard S. Hersey


The writer is executive director of the Herring Run Watershed Association.

You have a lot to learn about people in Dundalk

I write in response to your editorial ("Reading voter tea leaves," Sept. 17). Louis DePazzo was defeated not because Dundalk only elects "crazy" people as your editorial might appear to suggest. Mr. DePazzo failed to listen to his constituents' wishes.

If he wanted to represent corporate interests instead of working families, he should have been a lobbyist, not a county council member.

As a 10-year resident in Dundalk, I'd like to say that your paper has no clue about Dundalk. Allow me to point out that Dundalk is different. The people I've met here are very honest and hold nothing back. This type of honesty is a breath of fresh air.

President Clinton should have come to Dundalk and observed our community. Maybe he would have learned something about being straightforward like my neighbors and saved himself a lot trouble.

Ed Rothstein


Took time for sex police to go after Henry Hyde

The slow-moving sex police, after all these years, blew the whistle as their dogs sniffed out U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican, in the oblong-shaped room where he currently chairs the House Judiciary Committee hearings.

The congressman acknowledges the charges: He did have an extramarital affair when in his 40s. He stated, though, "The statute of limitations has long since passed on my youthful indiscretions."

No quite that long ago, American women will recall, he was plenty tough on the indiscretions of others. As author of the infamous Hyde amendment in the 1970s, he effectively blocked access to abortion for the nation's poor women.

Yes indeed, the sex police are working overtime this season.

Sally Gray


Clinton's Lewinsky scandal is Shakespearean, too

Reflecting on Dan Rodricks' column ("Scandal translates from Greek tragedies," Sept. 14), I turned to Shakespeare and found this:

L Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 4: So oft it chances in particular men,

That for some vicious mole of nature in them,

As in their birth, wherein they are not guilty

(Since nature cannot choose his origin),

By their o'ergrowth of some complexion

Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason,

Or by some habit, that too much o'er leavens

The form of plausive manners that these men,

Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect,

Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,

His virtues else, be they as pure as grace,

As infinite as man may undergo,

Shall in the general censure take corruption

From that particular fault: the dram of ev'l

Doth all the noble substance of a doubt

To his own scandal.

Elizabeth K. Perry


Wrong place and time to discuss Clinton affair

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