- I had locked myself out of my office at 105 Hudson and was sitting
outside waiting for the super to let me reenter when one of the
teenagers who live in the building told me that Diane Shamash had
died. I was uncomprehending, disbelieving. I thought she was speaking
metaphorically. I hadn't seen Diane in quite a while and thought she
too was lamenting her disappearance.
Ah but it was literally true. I thought Diane was off preparing a new
delight and surprise for the entire city of New York. She ran Minetta
Brook. Their office was for a time across the hall from mine. Minetta
Brook brought New York Robert Smithson's Floating Island. It brought
art movies to the piers and festivals to Beacon, New York.
What a loss!