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Margo Crutchfield Deserves Praise

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Richmond has greatly benefited from Style's comprehensive coverage of all arts events over these years, and you have certainly been at the center of this burgeoning scene.

However, in "Pivotal Moments" (Cover Story, Jan. 31), there was a section on how important the Fast Forward Series at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was in developing Richmond's taste for the avant-garde performing arts.

Yet no mention was made of the person who single-handedly started the program and wrote most of the grants funding it! Who for 17 years worked at the Virginia Museum as curator to bring the national-level acts here.

I happen to have attended the first Fast Forward event and was fortunate to be invited to the post-performance dinner at a local restaurant with Phillip Glass, his staff and the curator responsible: Margo Crutchfield.

It was her determination and previous experience as the curator at the Aspen Contemporary Museum, where she met Glass at the Aspen Music Festival, that made this event possible. There is no good reason Style could not have given her the respect of mentioning her name in recognition of her years of service.

This glaring omission speaks volumes about how narrow the Richmond arts politics has become, and is an offense to both her and her family.

John Teal Crutchfield
Artemis Gallery
Richmond

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