He strokes the top of its vertical metal bars -- something regular museum visitors are not permitted to do -- and it makes a haunting sound.
"We have a very good music department here," Horodner says. "Has anybody ever invited someone from the music department over to play this, as an instrument, maybe create a new sound work with it? Is there a local band -- granted, I can't have someone beating the hell out of it -- that might want to use it in a musical score."
He looks at a familiar portrait of President
Horodner looks into this gallery of works from the museum's collection and sees a lot of possibilities.
"These are really low-hanging fruit," Horodner says.
Horodner, who comes to
"It needs a new director to take it to a new level, meaning a new building," Walsh-Piper said in
The 20,000 square-foot museum is tucked in the northwest corner of the
Horodner acknowledges there are challenges.
But entering the job, Horodner is inclined to work with what he has and build on it.
"My answer is the museum becomes more and more vital, more energetic, more connected, more visible, and yeah, there are some parking problems and visibility problems," Horodner says. "But a lot of places have problems like that, or other problems.
"You want to go to a show at the
"I think what people may be really saying when they say these things is, there's a hurdle, but when I overcome the hurdle, I want some more depth, or I want more diversity of the things you show, or I want more of a rotation of the permanent collection, I want to see more happening when I come over there. And all of those things I think are legitimate criticisms of the place, up until now. ...
"My job now is to make this place unbelievably vital, and those answers will follow."
What he thinks he has is a museum with a "sublime" permanent collection and numerous potential collaborators a mere walk away, and not just in the
"For my mind, there are three groups that really need to be engaged with the museum," Horodner says. "There's certainly the campus community, and then there's the community in
It is something he has already experienced in
"My colleagues and I had built a national reputation, and we would hear from people in L.A., and we would hear from people in
So, with all that established, why did Horodner choose to come to
Horodner says he first became interested in
"I was aware of good people here doing good work," Horodner said, "and we stayed in touch, as I usually do with artists that I work with. So when the position came open, she sent me the information."
He says he had already liked and respected the people and work he saw happening at
There are realities of proximity in Lexington Horodner has already come to enjoy.
On a flight out of
Now he's focused on what he can make happen at
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