More Fallout from the Brandeis University Stunner
There are a couple of followups at the Globe:
Geoff Edgers at the Boston Globe reports that donors and supporters of the Rose Art Museum are exploring whether they can block Brandeis University’s decision to close the museum and sell the art collection and gives a corrected number on the pieces involved. (“The museum’s collection includes 7,180 works, 84 percent of which were gifts, said Rose registrar Valerie M. Wright.”)
Standout quote: “The trustees and the president should call Barack Obama and say we can solve the financial crisis,” he said. “Why don’t we sell all the collections in the Smithsonian?”
The Globe’s art critic, Sebastian Smee thinks the decision to hawk their gem of a collection is unconscionable. He says, “It is more than a mistake. It is a scandal.”
There are a couple of Q&As with Michael Rush:
Richard Lacayo had a phone conversation with Michael Rush, director of the Rose Art Museum. Rush feels that because the board of trustees were already familiar with the complications of deaccessioning from a previous sale of work, “rather than go through the scrutiny that would accompany the sale of a few paintings, they decided instead on what…they felt would be a one-shot situation of horrible feedback over closing the museum.”
Tyler Green also has an interview at Modern Art Notes. Rush emphasizes that the Rose is not in financial trouble; Brandeis is.
Ed Winkleman wonders if the trustees are over-reaching to cover their true, still highly controversial, objective: “I do have to note that I wonder whether the Trustees are only saying they’re closing the museum, knowing that it would cause such a stir that then, in response to the outcry, they could agree to scale back and say they would only deaccession a few lucrative pieces. Everyone would then be relieved (rather than if they started with a deaccession proposal and had to deal with the outrage that would stir).”
Daniel Orkin writes in The Justice, the Independent Student Newspaper of Brandeis University, that he has, “never been more embarrassed to be a part of Brandeis University than…at this very moment” and thinks that, “its time for the student body to fight back.”
Brandeis President, Jehuda Reinharz, defends the Art Museum sale on NPR’s All Things Considered.