Battle Continues Over Brandeis Art Museum

April 24, 2009

Brandeis University has been trying to calm the many supporters of the Rose Art Museum -- whose collection the university originally planned to sell -- that all was well while officials reconsidered the museum's future. A recent letter from the university said that the museum remained open and functioning. It turns out that those closest to the museum disagree. The Board of Overseers issued a statement Thursday noting that the collection now lacks a director or curator. The university "continues to take steps to dismantle the beloved institution," says the statement. Brandeis Provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss responded with a statement of her own, saying that it is "unfortunate that a few members of the Rose Art Museum Board of Overseers do not have faith in the Committee for the Future of the Rose to provide strong recommendations regarding the programmatic future of the Rose Art Museum. This committee is composed of representatives of the major constituencies of the Rose." The provost's statement went on to note that "we appreciate the collective passion and spirit of the larger Brandeis community in understanding that our university, like others across the country, has been impacted by the global financial crisis."

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