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Monday, January 26, 2009

Rose Art Museum to close

Brandeis to sell school's art collection

By Geoff Edgers and Peter Schworm - Boston
Globe Staff
January 26, 2009


Rocked by a budget crisis, Brandeis University will close its Rose Art Museum and sell off a 6,000-object collection that includes work by such contemporary masters as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Nam June Paik. ...

Read more from the Globe here. And more here and even more here. And more from the Globe again here and here.

UPDATE:
A must-read. Modern Art Notes Q&A with Michael Rush, Rose Art Museum Director. It offers a whole new perspective...

Petition here.

2 comments:

jeremias said...

I just read about this somewhere else as well... this is very tragic... the Rose was one of my favorite museums in Boston. I was introduced to Erwin Wurm's work there... how sad this is. How could they let this happen?

Rizzla said...

I'm a Museum Studies grad student at Brandeis, so you can imagine the closing of the Rose hits me directly. I'm organizing student protest efforts on campus, wanted to let you know what we've got going on. Thanks for posting on this


COMESEEART
a collection-based exhibit + conversation

friday, january 30 6-8pm
shapiro student center, brandeis university


The “unanimous” decision by the Trustees of Brandeis University to liquidate the Rose Art Museum’s outstanding permanent collection and to close the facility is not only ill advised, but destructive to the entire Brandeis community. We demand a more detailed explanation as to how this decision was reached, considering the Rose is one of Brandeis’ greatest cultural offerings.

This situation must be remedied in efforts to defend both the reputation of the school and its many concerned students and faculty. We must consider the impact that the Trustees’ decision will have on our experience as students, and our future as professionals.

Using projected and reproduced images from the Rose’s collection of over 6000 art objects and footage from student protests on campus, COMESEEART is the beginning of a conversation on the nature of visual imagery and authenticity, the future of art at Brandeis, and how this weak decision can strengthen us as a community.

Contacts:
Brian Friedberg: bfriedbe@brandeis.edu
Penelope Taylor: penelope@brandeis.edu

Join our Facebook group: search “comeseeart”