I generally stay out of public arguments about MoMA. I feel too close, yet I'm not an insider. MoMA doesn't need my apologia, and my firsthand experiences within the museum are not going to sway anyone. Everyone there is a grown-up who should be able to handle the responsibility for their decisions and actions.
Though I won't see it until next week, I am fully prepared to be disappointed by the Bjork show. The museum went to an extraordinary effort on the show, to some very specific ends, that turned out to be the wrong ones. I would like to find out how things went wrong, and what can be done about it. I'm certain I'm not alone.
But Christian Viveros-Fauné's artnet column yesterday, which purported to pull back the curtain on Klaus Biesenbach's reign of curatorial terror at MoMA, is not going to help; it is not only poisonous and pointlessly personal, it's inaccurate. I'll give CVF the benefit of the doubt that his outrage skewed his interpretation of every rumor and anecdote, and that he's not as reactionary or willfully ignorant as his errors make him seem. But it's a non-credible non-starter for an actual discussion of MoMA's situation.
Here's a drive-by of some of the things that made me wince, and then a factcheck on what strikes me as a disqualifying error: the claim that Klaus ruined Marina Abramovic's entire performance in The Artist Is Present.