January 29, 2009 · Print This Article
As we all know, times are tough. But what one university has decided to do in order to close it’s budget deficit is utterly unbelievable. On Monday Brandeis University announced that they would not only be closing their Rose Art Museum but that they would also be hawking its collection in order to make up for a low budget.
“These are extraordinary times,” Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz said in a press release. “We cannot control or fix the nation’s economic problems. We can only do what we have been entrusted to do —act responsibly with the best interests of our students and their futures foremost in mind.”
Here is a short roundup of some of the best articles on the matter:
Tyler Green has an interview with museum director Michael Rush. In the interview Rush points out that this has nothing to do with the museum itself, but more about what it happening with the university.
“One thing that is not coming out — clearly — is this: Some of these really well-meaning young alums are doing the Obama routine of having people send small amounts of money. As darling as that is, it’s misguided. The Rose is not in financial trouble. We’re secure. I can’t say that strongly enough. We’re meeting our fundraising goals. We’re doing fine. We have a tight managerial structure. We’re utterly responsible. There’s no trouble for the Rose.”
The Boston Globe reported today that, “Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University president, yesterday opened the possibility that the university would not sell its $350 million art collection but said he would not change his mind about closing Rose Art Museum and turning it into a study and research center.”