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A Response to Jim Schutze’s Wild-Ass Post

If you haven’t already, take a minute to read what Jim Schutze has written on Unfair Park. I tried to respond to it in that forum. I couldn’t. Their login process for comments stymied me. I tried to log in with my Facebook account and instead was logged in with my Village Voice account, which has a goofy username attached to it. When I tried to change my username, it told me that “Tim Rogers” was already taken. By then, the comment I’d written had disappeared into the ether. I hope our registration process isn’t similarly frustrating people. If it is, please send word to feedback@dmagazine.com. I’d like to know.

Back on task: if I understand Schutze, he’s saying that D Magazine and the Morning News are working together to support the Nasher. A sample:

The Nasher is a holy temple of the Art Mob, by which I mean the rich patrons whose devotion to high culture in Dallas is the ultimate aspirational consumerism. They parade around and around the Nasher wailing like a vast chorus of keening castrati, with the entire editorial staffs of D and the News clumping along behind like hired mourner hags.

Some nice imagery in there, I must admit. But then Schutze goes on to point out that DMN business columnist Mitch Schnurman recently broke step with his paper and wrote that the Nasher needs to get practical about finding a solution. Which led to:

Now, anybody with half an I.Q. worth of story sense would have spotted Schnurman’s piece as highly anomalous and therefore worthy of note, given the degree to which it cuts against orthodoxy at the News. I would have the thought the Rogerses [Ed: he dragged my wife into it, too, because one time, long ago, her firm did some piece work for the Nasher.] might have noticed it. But nary a word did appear about it on Frontburner, not a jot nor a tittle. That’s what I mean by synchronicity. It’s scary the degree to which the Dallas establishment and their media horns stick together on something like this.

I don’t understand. By not commenting on Schnurman’s story, I’ve shown my allegiance to the Nasher and my alignment with the Morning News? If Schutze’s theory is right, wouldn’t I attack Schnurman? I’ve read Schutze’s post twice. Really, I can’t follow his logic. The reason I haven’t written anything about Schnurman’s column is that we’re on deadline for our January issue, and I must attend to the thing that pays my mortgage. Until further notice, that’s print, not pixels.

Finally, Schutze wraps up his post by thusly describing the groundswell of support for the Nasher:

[R]ight now I look at D; I look at the News; I see all these call to action letters and this flocking behavior. Flocking, flocking, flocking, ever closer, more and more of them. I feel like Tippi Hedren in The Birds. Please, make it stop, Hitch.

What he calls flocking I’d call the coalescing of consensus. The role of dissenter is an important one. I’m glad Jim Schutze is playing it. I just wish he’d quit flubbing his lines.

  • Chris

    no comment on your (or wife’s) association with the Nasher? But I find it more interesting that the Nasher did not protest this in the development phase of city hall, and ultimately find the blame for this mess there.

  • mrsF5

    Schnurman’s story reads a helluva lot like a paid ad.

  • Tim Rogers

    I noted that in brackets within the excerpt from Schutze. Her firm did a project for the Nasher between March and May of 2011, before Museum Tower became a problem. Here’s a longer explanation:

    http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2012/07/17/jim-schutze-finds-his-next-conspiracy-theory/

  • Haretip

    Jim is taking his typical libtard stance. Writing disparagingly about the wealth class and their first world problems. But he is one of my favorite libtards.

    The logon procedure over there has eluded me too. I remain unable to sign in and post snarky comments since they changed the comment system. I end up having to use their “email the author” feature which, based on replies, seems to be non-functioning too.

  • joeptone

    If you and Tim want to maybe hand-write a letter and drop it off at the office, I’ll have an intern transcribe it and see if I can drop it in the comments myself. That seems like it would work. As a back-up plan, I’ll also alert our tech folks to your frustrations, which, I assure you, we share. — Joe Tone, chief word processor, Libtard Central

  • mynameisbill

    It’s another classic example of Mr.Schutze’s perpetual oppositional defiance disorder(ODD) the man suffers from. The disorder actually has served his career quite well over at the DO. There’s plenty of stuff to dissent about here in Dallas and a man’s gotta eat! It’s his prom, and be nice to your elders.

  • RAB

    Schultze is not a dissenter, he’s a crank. Schnurman is a dissenter. Whether you agree with him or not, Schnurman’s piece was thoughtful and raised some good points. Schutze just blows raspberries. (However, I do enjoy the spectacle of Schutze aligning himself with the owners of a building whose units start at $1.3 million.)

  • Jim Schutze

    Joe, I think it’s the wrong direction for us to go to start dumbing down our log-on procedures.

  • Brandon

    Members of the media are mistakenly under the foolish notion that we care about the quarrels between members of the media.

  • Everlasting Phelps

    If you dumb it down even more Myrna won’t even be dumb enough to figure it out.

    Which might be the only improvement with the new system.

  • Haretip

    I suspect something on our system doesn’t like it. Not exactly the type of repair request I can send to my corporate tech support people, tho. “Can you figure out why I can’t log in to Unfair Park and also, can you figure out why this porn file won’t play?” I’ll just have to wait for cross-media feuds to give me a platform.

  • Brett Moore

    I like the part where Jim took a shot at the Nasher collection by calling it “Texas-renowned”. It’s widely considered one of the 3 or 4 finest collections of modern & contemporary sculpture in the world. It was exhibited at the Guggenheim for god’s sake. The National Gallery, MoMA, and the DMA were all chasing Ray Nasher to bequeath them the collection.

    Say what you want about the controversy. But don’t diminish the legacy of his decision to build a world-class art museum in Dallas.

  • Brett Moore

    My only gripe was that I typed a comment, then went to log in, and after logging in my comment was gone.

  • Neal

    The new commenting system is just dandy. I enjoyed opening an account on Chinese Twitter just for the privilege of commenting here.

  • Jackson

    Schutze is like the late syndicated columnist Mike Royko. Toward the end, the Windy City scribe became a windbag, unable to thoughtfully elucidate on issues of the day, whether parochial or national. A generation earlier, the same thing befell Baltimore’s H.L. Mencken, but at least both of those writers had glory years that stood up.

  • t_s_

    As an architect, I used to care quite a bit about this issue. Now that Tim and Jim have had to indulge in multple poo flinging fests on this issue (actually, their issues), my interest has waned.

  • Barry

    mrsF5, Schnurman’s story is one of the first truthful articles about this topic printed in the Dallas Morning News. Schnurman was honest, not paid, much different than Mr. Rogers. If the story does not tow the company line, like Rogers here at D Magazine, the all mighty and very wealthy Nasher Art supporters go on the attack, like they have against Schnurman. Word is the uppity ups at the Dallas Morning News are making it very tough on Schnurman after they got a call from Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher. Strick reportedly threatened Schnurman, claiming he was going to fact check his article and have his job. Might be interesting if you knew about Strick’s background before coming to the Nasher. Check it out for yourself, Mr. Rogers won’t do the research for you because he is a Nasher supporter no matter what. Read in BlouinArtinfo (http://bit.ly/PTLk0E), the NY Times and LA Times, you will discover the dire condition of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles under Strick’s management. The MOCA forced Strick to resign in disgrace as its director after he nearly bankrupted the museum by lavishly spending down its endowment from $55 million to $6 million. The MOCA & Strick were under investigational audit by the California Attorney General to determine if the museum broke laws governing the use of restricted money by non-profits, so says the New York Times. Now this emotional mess is spreading his venom here, issuing a call to action to the rich followers of the Nasher to save him. You might want to check the status of Nasher’s tax free ride from the city of Dallas. Now ask yourself, why Strick is making such a fuss over Museum Tower?

  • Barry

    Schurman’s story is one of the first truthful articles about this topic printed in the Dallas Morning News. Schnurman was honest, not paid, much different than Mr. Rogers. If the story does not tow the company line, like Rogers here at D Magazine, the all mighty and very wealthy Nasher art supporters go on the attack, like they have against Schnurman. Word is the uppity ups at the Dallas Morning News are making it very tough on Schnurman after they got a call from Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher. Strick reportedly threatened Schnurman, claiming he was going to fact check his article and have his job. Might be interesting if you knew about Strick’s background before coming to work for the Nasher. Check it out for yourself in the BlouinArtinfo, NY Times or LA Times. Strick was forced to resign from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Under Strick’s management, the MOCA almost went bankrupt because of Strick’s lavish spending that drained the endowment from $55 million to $6 million. When Strick walked out of the MOCA in disgrace it was under audit by the California Attorney General to determine if the museum broke laws governing the use of restricted money by non-profits. I don’t really care about Strick’s pedigree, he was an emotional mess in LA and now he is coming unhinged in Dallas, leading the charge against Museum Tower.

  • AmyS

    Me too.

  • SybilsBeaver

    Oh god Myrna lol, cant even figure out how to click “Change Photo” over there. I like when Jim and Tim write about each other. Its always a fun read