Monday, October 11, 2010
In January 2009 Brandeis announced that it would close the Rose Art Museum and sell the artwork to help with financial difficulties. After waves of protests as well as a lawsuit by donors, the University backed off from the sale of the collection fairly quickly, but has never completely ruled out the sale of some pieces.
In late September, the Boston Globe reported that Brandeis was beginning the search for a new director for the museum. The University pointed to this search as a sign of rebuilding, but the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are not satisfied. This fall two proposed exhibitions fell apart, one because the artists pulled out due to Brandeis' refusal to rule out selling art from the collection. University officials say they are working to avoid any sales and hope to build the museum and move forward. The saga continues.