November 15, 2012

Much is written about saving the Corcoran, yet nothing is said [“Reinventing the Corcoran: Five experts’ advice,” Sunday Arts, Nov. 11]. The Corcoran’s board of trustees urgently needs to take three steps: Appoint a respected professional director, return to a commitment to the American Collection, contemporary American art and D.C. artists; and raise new funds in order to fulfill the wishes of founder W.W. Corcoran “to promote and encourage the American Genius.”

To do this, the Corcoran needs a new board that has less interest in making money and is “dedicated to art” — the words of the founder inscribed over the bronze entrance doors of the gallery.

Roy Slade. Clearwater, Fla.

The writer was director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1972 to 1977.