Ever since word leaked out that Adam Lerner, who's guided the Belmar Lab, would replace Cydney Payton as executive director of MCA Denver, many art-scene observers (me included) were concerned that he would bring his hip geegaws and trendy gimcracks to the museum, and in the process start to dumb down the place.
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Wonder no more. Mosey over to the home page of the museum's web site and you'll be greeted by the image above, in which a crude drawing of a yellow Labrador has been superimposed over a photo of the chic David Adjaye building. Below the offensive picture is a letter from board vice president Alan Becker -- a guy who couldn't spell art if you spotted him the "a" and the "t" -- announcing Lerner's appointment. Though real estate developer Mark Falcone had appointed himself the chair of MCA Denver's director-search committee, Becker belatedly replaced him. Falcone stepped aside so that his friend Lerner could be hired without the appearance of impropriety.
See, I told you so.