Morgan Library Debuts Photography Department
The Morgan Library and Museum has received much favorable attention in recent years for its drawings-focused and literary exhibitions. But in March 2012, the institution named Joel Smith its first ever curator of photography, and now, nearly two years later, it will open its first exhibition organized by the new department.
Governance in Venice
Good governance gave Venice a thousand years of prosperity and renown. The idea that the US is the oldest democracy in the world is far from the truth. Even if you qualify it as "existing" or "continuously existing", the Swiss have one far older, (making allowances for a brief Napoleonic regime), as do the Icelanders. But more important is that forms of government are very plastic. What we call a democracy in the US is a far cry from actual self-rule, given the vastly greater influence of…