Monday, January 26, 2009

Brandeis University to Deaccession Entire Museum

Well, maybe not the actual Rose Art Museum, but pretty close. Both the NY Times and the Boston Globe reported today that after years of financial deficits, Brandeis trustees took a play from our playbook and unanimously decided to close its museum's doors, sell off its art collection, and focus on educating tomorrow's youth.

President Jehuda Reinharz said tonight. “The Rose is a jewel. But for the most part it’s a hidden jewel. It does not have great foot traffic and most of the great works we have, we are just not able to exhibit. We felt that, at this point given the recession and the financial crisis, we had no choice.”
The Rose Art Museum, founded in 1961, holds more than 8,000 pieces. It is best known for its collection of modern art, including works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

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