Chapter 12

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Julian Zugazagoitia: Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Julián Zugazagoitia has served as director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum for just over one year. Before coming to Kansas City, he served as a cultural attaché to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute, and later as director of the El Museo del Barrio in New York City.

Born in Mexico, Zugazagoitia holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne Paris IV, with a focus on Aesthetics and Modernism in the arts, and was awarded a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres Medal by the French Ministry of Culture in 2003.

SYNOPSIS: Becky Thatcher has fallen ill, and Tom is depressed and worried over her condition. Aunt Polly interprets his depression as an ailment and looks for a remedy, finally deciding on pain-killer as the best treatment. But the only cure for him is to see Becky come down the road to school; when she greets him coolly, Tom is crestfallen.