In a Glass Darkly

Illuminating Value Assessment in the Arts
DASS17: Toronto, Keynote Address, Catherine Moore

Those who work in arts organizations make value judgements all the time about things that are inherently inexact: works of art; managing artists; fickle audiences; shocking success. They are skilled at using a mix of instinct, experience, taste, and daring. The image “in a glass darkly” confirms the fact that those in the arts deeply know there is no such thing as unambiguous vision. Embracing multiple meaning is a skill that must be harnessed so that arts administrators will thrive in the ongoing environment of rapid change; pressure to make “perfect” decisions; and unprecedented competition. This keynote is about making decisions in that environment.