Angels Fail To Save The Catholic Museum in New York

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Christina Cox, director of the National Museum of Catholic Art and History, with an exhibit of bronze angels by Salvador Dalí in 2003. Photo by Marilynn K. Yee / The New York Times

New
York, New York –
In many ways, the opening of the
National
Museum of Catholic Art and History in East Harlem was a kind of miracle.
It was
founded by a single mother without a college degree, much experience in
arts
administration or any affiliation with the New York Archdiocese. But the
woman,
Christina Cox, had a deep passion for the project and a number of
powerful
friends. Over the years, her friends helped the museum take in more than
$9
million in revenue, almost half of it in grants from New York State,
which
predicted that the institution would bring tourists, jobs and vitality
to East
Harlem.