Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lee Rosenbaum on AAMD's New President

Culturegrrls Lee Rosenbaum has a lengthy profile on the AAMD's new president, Michael Conforti in today's Wall Street Journal. In this profile, Conforti gives his direct and unabridged views on the National Academy Museum's deaccessioning.

When he discovered that the academy had proceeded with the sale, ignoring his efforts to persuade its officials to address their financial predicament through other means, Mr. Conforti was angry. "I think we had, in this situation, an organization that was determined to sell and that sold before there was a public discussion," he said tensely. He revealed that he, along with AAMD's then executive director, had held a meeting prior to the sale with Carmine Branagan, the academy's then interim director (now director), and an academy trustee. He offered AAMD's help in exploring other strategies for financial recovery.

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