It’s still too soon for people mourning the loss of the Corcoran as an independent, local arts institution to celebrate the absorption of its magnificent art collection into the National Gallery of Art. At this point, it feels like passing the old mom-and-pop diner on the corner, now boarded up, empty inside, with a “coming soon” sign announcing the latest trendy restaurant. Of course it won’t be the same. The atmosphere is gone, the old crowd dispersed, but the food will certainly be better, more up-to-date, and there’ll be a real wine list!
Even before a D.C. Superior Court judge granted a request last summer by the Corcoran’s board of directors to eviscerate the historic institution — handing its school over to the real estate moguls