Portrait of Ada Louise Huxtable by Lynn Gilbert, 1981
Ms. Huxtable passed away four years ago today on January 8, 2013. She was 91. Today we celebrate her life. Here is a reminder of her persona and passion . . .
“I take history and authenticity seriously. I have never disguised my defense of originals over copies, or my distaste for the Disneyfication of reality or the more genteel “authentic reproduction,” an oxymoron that devalues the creative act by glossing the knockoff with a false veneer of respectability, because a faux is a fake is a phony, by any other name. And I have been one of the most ardent defenders of the small, personal museum that you remember with particular affection, as opposed to the awe inspired by the increasingly affectless grandeur of our enormous arts institutions that expand relentlessly as their price of admission rises.” (1)