Tyler Green has a superb and timely
interview with the Rose Art Museum's director, Michael Rush
. It's a must
read for those following Brandeis' reprehensible decision to liquidate the Rose's
collection and dissolution of the museum. What becomes clear from the interview
is that this decision has nothing to do with the Rose's own financial standing
and everything to do with Brandeis' situation. The Rose even has its own healthy
endowment. Of course this is extremely relevant to Portland as PNCA
and The Museum of Contemporary Craft are pursuing a merger
, for which I
urge extreme caution (Arcy's outright against it).... and this is partly why.
Look, even established gallery programs like Reed's Cooley and Lewis and Clark's
Hoffman gallery face ambivalence from important sections of their university
so visual arts programming is always a tricky balance, even without a formalized collection.
Art Scatter has a
relevant article on arts management
everyone should read too.
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