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At 80, Populist Arts Advocate John Hightower Passes Away, Leaving New York with a Funding Legacy

by Julia Wolkoff on July 16, 2013
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John Hightower passed away on July 6th, at the age of 80. He will be remembered as a tough-as-nails, populist administrator who changed the course of state funding for the arts, served as MoMA’s director during a time of social upheaval, and invigorated the South Seaport Museum.

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