Posts Tagged ‘Rose Art Museum’

Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management

July 13, 2012

Brandeis Art Museum: Under New Management
Three years ago the trustees of Brandeis University tried to close the Rose Art Museum and sell off paintings in the collection. This week the Museum chose a new director, Christopher Bedford, currently chief curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State. Mr. Bedford plans to add paintings and sculpture to the Rose Museum’s collection. Mr. Bedford will start his new job in September.

More:

“Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum names Christopher Bedford as new director,” Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe

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Brandeis May Rent Out Museum’s Art

May 31, 2010

Brandeis to Rent Out Museum's Art

Last year, Brandeis University announced it would close the Rose Art Museum and sell off its renowned modern art collection to cover the school’s budget shortfall.  The result: condemnation, lawsuits from art donors and their families, student unrest, and cancelled alumni donations. 

Brandeis now says it won’t sell the art after all — it will rent it out instead.  The world of art museums has a specialized and genteel vocabulary. Selling off your collection is called “deaccessioning,” and renting out art may be called “loaning” or “collection-sharing.” If art loans are done for gain, we wonder if the IRS calls it “taxable.”

 More:

 “Rent-a-Rose: Sotheby’s Persuades Brandeis to Lend Collection for Profit,” Lee Rosenbaum, Culturegrrl.

 “University considering alternative options to selling art from Rose collection,” Alana Abramson,The Brandeis Justice.

“University exploring alternatives to art sale,” Brandeis University press release.

 

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Rose Family Member Sues to Prevent Closing of Rose Art Museum

August 12, 2009

Rose Family Member Sues to Prevent Closing of Rose Art Museum

Three overseers of the Rose Art Museum, including Meryl Rose, a member of the family whose donations created the museum, filed suit in a Massachusetts state court to prevent Brandeis University from closing the museum and selling off its collection. So far, university trustees have reaped about $100 million worth of bad publicity from their decision.

The lawsuit claims that the Brandeis plans “contradict the charitable intentions” of museum founders and donors, and “abrogate Brandeis’s promises that the Rose would be maintained in perpetuity.”

Read more about it in the New York Times or read the suit itself here.

 

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