We gave it a B+
Gazing at a great painting from a distance is a pleasure, but an up-close look reveals how a perfectly placed daub of white can yield something transcendent. In Museum, Danny Danziger’s tightly focused study of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the author provides impassioned first-person accounts of the employees who make NYC’s No. 1 tourist attraction an institutional masterpiece. While Danziger delves into the academic histories of various curators and their lifetime obsessions (Assyrian reliefs, anyone?), it’s just as intriguing to discover that a charming Dutch gent spends five hours each Monday arranging fresh flowers in the Fifth Avenue entranceway.