More Blitching about Brandeis

February 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM Leave a comment

The Brandies news quickly exploded in the blogosphere, but before it soon fades to a whimper, here are a few more laments:

Laurie Fendrich at the Chronicle of Higher Education has several posts on Brandeis including this one where she notes, “Brandeis is unlikely to change its mind at this point. In fact, as far as the university is concerned, the worst part of the messy business of shutting down the Rose is now over… As Michael Rush, the director of the Rose, put it, ‘The Rose is over.’”

At Obit, arts writer and Brandeis alum, Jeff Weinstein, offers a personal story of the life-changing impact the Rose Museum made in his life.  He considers its closing as a death saying, “If the Rose and its art were to go, a serious part of me would mourn, and as far as I’m concerned, mourning is incontrovertible evidence that something alive and important has passed away.”

I’m also glad to see Roberta Smith of the New York Times weigh in with her criticism after visiting the museum.  Here are a couple of great points that she makes:

“What the university’s president, Jehuda Reinharz, and the trustees don’t seem to realize is how their actions stain the reputation of Brandeis itself. He characterized the choice as ‘painful’ and ‘difficult,’ but it had all the earmarks of a desperate quick fix rather than a rational decision.”

and

“The Rose is an innocent bystander that is being punished for its excellence.”

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