2008_09_tcampbell.jpgWith the Metropolitan Museum's appointment of its curator Thomas P. Campbell as its new director starting next year, the speculation has begun. The NY Times' Michael Kimmelman writes Campbell is "regarded as energetic, level-headed, popular, not visibly unhinged — like at least one curator turned Met director of the past — and not someone whose career was a long public campaign for the job" and says Campbell's success with mounting well-received tapestry shows proves he "knows firsthand the potential of the museum’s sometimes-neglected collections." However, Arts Journal's Lee Rosenbaum was disappointed at Campbell's press conference, acknowledging he was likable but nervous, and wished he were more substantive (he "appeal[ed] for more time to come up with meaningful answers").