Dear celebrities (and everyone else, too): Stop wearing sunglasses at museums!

My article “Dear celebrities (and everyone else, too): Stop wearing sunglasses at museums!” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

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Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery, hates sunglasses and wears them only when driving while facing the sun. “I guess I want to have an unfiltered view of the world to the extent possible, and that goes for art, too,” he told me. “I can’t imagine putting on sunglasses to look at art. It seems totally absurd.”

Archie Rand, a professor at Brooklyn College and a painter who has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, recalls a visit in 1987 to see 10 paintings at a Manhattan art gallery. Rand arrived to find the gallery owner fuming and railing about a curator and his entourage who had just viewed the art. “He yelled . . . that they were all wearing sunglasses and ‘How the f— can you look at the color of a painting wearing f—ing sunglasses?’ ” Rand remembers.

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