It's been just about a year-and-a-half since the Wexner Center opened its doors after a three-year renovation, and the New York Times recently checked in to see how we're doing. In a story headed "Altered Spaces: The Good, the Bad and the Dizzying" (March 28), reporter Robin Pogrebin takes a look at three art institutions that have recently undergone renovations: the Denver Art Museum, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, and the Wexner Center. Assessing each one's post-renovation experiences, Pogrebin writes that the Wex's reopening was a "revelation" and quotes Director Sherri Geldin in describing "a renewed energy coursing through the entire center."
The "multidisciplinary combustion," as Geldin calls it, has generated a renewed excitement among patrons and staff. As evidence, Pogrebin cites the blockbuster weekend of February 16, when the SITI Company sold out six performances of Radio Macbeth and screenings of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait drew nearly 1200 patrons. Of course, it wouldn't be a Wexner Center renovation story without a question about the building's design. Here's Geldin's cheerful response: "There is no question the building remains in its way controversial....The renovation wasn't meant to dilute its spunk and spirit." Read the story on the Times web site.