Chancellor of Education Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on-hand to give remarks, and the mayor posited that the show may even help the budding careers of these young arts.
From the story:
Speaking directly to the young artists, the mayor said, “I don’t know that it’s more saleable because its provenance now says ‘hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,’ but I don’t see any reason why you can’t on the back of it put a little piece of paper describing where it was. And if somebody wants to come along and help you as a starving young artist be able to do some more, than you should do that.”
Spoken like a true billionaire arts patron! He also made a joke about how weather sometimes makes the city more beautiful, so we shouldn’t complain when it rains or, say, snows.