Hoving, Former Met Museum Director, Dies At 78
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
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.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
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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