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and the Frick Collection in New York City. Oddly, however, Pittsburgh has never had a first-rate art museum of its own, although the venerable Carnegie Institute's Museum of Art is currently building an important permanent collection through the generous gifts of Mrs. Sarah Mellon Scaife. And financier G. David Thompson owns one of the world's notable private collections of modern art. I have been in few cities where people get so excited about art. The opening of the tri ennial Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie invariably touches off fierce controversy. At the museum's dinner for the Interna 370 tional opening a few years ago, Roy A. Hunt, former president of the Aluminum Company of America and a member of the Carnegie's board, said with a smile, "This is the age of the lunatics. If you don't believe me, wait until you get upstairs and see this show!" My own observation is that Pittsburgh, with one of America's oldest contemporary art exhibitions, despises modern art. But I'm sure that if its International were to move elsewhere, the city would go into mourning. Immigrant Sums Up City's Strength Pittsburgh's new cosmopolitan milieu com plements the older, more established interna tionalism left over from the great tides of immigration. And in 1956 the city once more Man-made Milky Way of glowing windows presents a glittering spectacle above the Point.