At work in his office at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, director George Bolge reflects an image of contrasts.
Then, without dropping the ash, Bolge
the administrator and businessman checks a list of phone calls to return and sorts a bundle of memos.
Some relate to future exhibitions, others to departmental brush fires.
Sunshine streams through one of the few windows in the $7.5 million building, setting Bolge`s shock of curly black hair in sharp relief against the gleaming surroundings.
It`s just another day of contrasts -- the mixing of art and business -- for director Bolge, who is in the second year of his two-year contract.
puts aside the pile of messages to snatch up a moody, dark lithograph from behind the desk.
Despite a projected deficit for 1987 reported in excess of $250,000, controversy among board members, and an art community grumbling about exhibitions, Bolge
remains optimistic, controlled, almost blase.
says, are not as black as many perceive them to be.
, in fact, considers the first year of operations -- which began a year ago today -- at the new facility a success.
Never mind deficits and opinion polls.
Deep down Bolge`s principal concern always has been the politics of art.
``More than 12 months ago we were just a shell and to go where we are now seemed an impossible task,`` Bolge
says, ``. . . not to mention a structuring of programs from that shell to working systems.
Bolge has been director of the museum for 16 of the 28 years the institution has been in existence.
looks back affectionately at the old Las Olas Boulevard storefront facility, recalling how it once took just four hours to set the lighting for a given exhibit.
At the new museum, adjusting the lighting often takes three days.
Goals for 1987 have become decidedly more complex.
now must use his
experience and savvy to consolidate museum operations and a much larger scale.
outlines and juggles myriad priorities.
Among them is the consolidation of operations.
also wants to see the mortgage paid off, an endowment established and a depth of academic programs created equivalent to the museum`s ``projected latitude of exhibitions.``
wants to see grants written, especially for the prestigious CoBrA archive of postwar European expressionist art, which he
admits hasn`t been properly utilized scholastically, because the funds have not been appropriated to hire a curator and organize the material.
-- Bolge points out that everything offered by the museum is not born of a singularity of thought.
feels it will take the museum two or three years to settle down, like any corporation.
Once things do settle, then, he
says, the museum should be held accountable.