Friday, May 22, 2009

Will the Rose Museum Go the Way of the Dinosaur?

Say it ain't so, Ma! Brandeis U is hard up for money? Are you kidding me? From The New York Times: Arts, Briefly Criticism of Interim Report on Brandeis Art Museum Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF Published: May 4, 2009 In an interim report, the committee that is contemplating the future of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum made no recommendation to keep the museum’s director, Michael Rush, whose contract expires in June, The Boston Globe reported. The Future of the Rose Committee was formed in March after widespread condemnation of a decision by the university’s trustees in January to shut the museum with the goal of selling its art to raise money. In a six-page report, the committee offered praise for Brandeis administrators, but the head of the museum board was skeptical of the committee and its findings. “It reminds me of something like a Stalinesque show committee,” Jonathan Lee, the chairman of the Rose’s board, told The Globe. “These are all hand-picked people by the administration. We didn’t get to pick who represents us.”

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