Monday, January 11, 2010
Just a year ago, Brandeis announced that it would close its Rose Art Museum and sell off the collection. Today, the Brandeis website includes an article titled, "Art critics call new Rose exhibition 'astounding' and 'spectacular.' The current exhibit showcases the Rose's extensive permanent collection, and has had rave reviews. No mention of the controversy concerning the decision to close the Rose appears in the article or on the website.
The Rose Art Museum link on the Brandeis website includes its mission statement, describing the Rose as "an educational and cultural institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the finest of modern and contemporary art." The site also posts a history of the Rose, describing the many donors who gave money and art to create the museum and noting, "Thanks to the enduring generosity of so many donors the Rose collection has never ceased to grow in quality and depth."
One can hope that the Rose will continue to grow and prosper and that the ill-considered plan to close the Rose has failed.