Hoving, Former Met Museum Director, Dies At 78

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Thomas Hoving, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City during the 1960s and '70s, was known for bringing blockbuster exhibits to the Met. The biggest was the King Tut exhibition, which attracted 8 million visitors to the museum.


And we'll take a moment, next, to remember Thomas Hoving, who died yesterday. Hoving changed the way that many museums operate. During a decade at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, he inspired many museums to be more audience friendly and less academic.


Hoving brought the wildly popular King Tut exhibit to New York. He was praised and criticized for his populist approach.

Mr. THOMAS HOVING (Late Museum Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art): This is for the people to educate them and allow them to refresh themselves. What people forget is you're supposed to go in and have a good time, be uplifted when you see great things that were done by people far more clever than any of us, right?

MONTAGNE: Hoving said he would do anything to get people to notice great art. Shortly before his death of cancer at age 78, Thomas Hoving said I'm a goner but I have no regrets. I've had a terrific life.

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