on the curatorial/educational complex, 1937.
Artemas C. Packard in 1937, on the Museum of Modern Art (which happens to be my new place of employ):
“What we are really confronted with is the need for two quite consciously and deliberately different kinds of enterprise; on the one hand, the search for what is best in Art according to the highest standards of critical discrimination, and, on the other, the provision of facilities for popular instruction in accordance with the public need. These two objectives will at times seem mutually antagonistic, but in the long run I am convinced they will be found to complement and reinforce one another.”
1937 looks suspiciously like 2012.
[All my emphasis.]