Conservators have attained parity with curators

In the “Arts, Briefly “ column of the September 30, 2016 issue of The New York Times, it was announced that, as part of an effort to cut its deficit by $30 million, The Metropolitan Museum of Art had laid off 34 employees– but that the layoffs did not include curators or conservators. Although it is not good that the museum is in such a bad financial position, we should be pleased by the fact that at the MET conservators have attained parity with curators— at least when it comes to layoffs.