Patricia Cummings Loud

This is a slightly esoteric post, but I have been writing something about the historiographical difficulties of writing about museum architecture and was about to exempt the two great art museums by Louis Kahn – the Kimbell in Fort Worth and the Yale Center for British Art, both of which have been already much studied and are admirably well documented, partly thanks to an art historian, Patricia Cummings Loud, who wrote a big monograph on the Kimbell and then a subsequent book on The Art Museums of Louis Kahn, published by Duke University Press, of which I luckily have a battered copy. I have discovered that she only died quite recently (https://www.sah.org/about-sah/news/member-news/2021/03/09/obituary-patricia-cummings-loud-(1930-20212)), not, it appears, of COVID, so I salute her memory as a notable pioneer in the study and documentation of museums and I wish there had been more like her.

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