Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When a Rose is no longer a Rose

Finally, someone has mounted a legal challenge to Brandeis's plan to sell off the Rose Art Museum collection. Three overseers of the museum have filed a lawsuit in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court demanding that either the Rose remain open (although it recently re-opened in a stripped-down state) or the state seize the art collection and place it in the hands of the newly-formed non-profit Rose Preservation Fund. Greg Cook has the details on what should prove to be an interesting legal battle, and one that could turn on intriguing questions regarding all art collections housed within organizations with potentially conflicting goals. In the meantime, with a preliminary injunction against selling the art likely, the sales will either begin very quickly indeed, or won't happen for a good long while.

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