The curatorial assistants at the Museum of Fine Arts were frustrated. It was the summer of 1997, shortly after ground had been broken for the new multimillion-dollar Audrey Jones Beck Building that eventually would help the MFA leap from the 30th-largest art exhibit space in the country to the sixth. The assistants' workload was increasing, and they knew it would grow even more once the building opened in 2000. But they felt underappreciated -- and even more frustrated about being underpaid. When one empl oyee got hold of a survey that gave the mean salaries for curatorial assistants at museums across the country,... More >>>
Peter Marzio's salary was already above average when he received the bonus.