By Andrew Goldstein. From artnet.com. Posted on 5/7/18.
Originally brought on in 2015 as the successor to the redoubtable Met president Emily Kernan Rafferty, Weiss was first charged with helping then-director Thomas Campbell chart the museum’s choppy financial and administrative waters. Then, when the board decided last year that Campbell—a tapestry expert who suffered a staff mutiny after trying to push through a new $600 million Modern and contemporary wing amid cuts to traditional sectors—was overmatched by the job, Weiss became charged with righting the institution’s finances and finding a new director.
Now, in the months since Campbell’s departure, Weiss has launched an across-the-board revamp of the museum’s revenue streams—including a vastly controversial elimination of pay-what-you-wish admission for out-of-town visitors—and hired a man he sees as a dream director: Max Hollein, an Austrian-accented five-tool player who has made high-caliber contemporary and classic art programming generate revenue for institutions in both Europe and America.