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STATEMENT ON LA SALLE UNIVERSITY PLANS TO SELL WORKS OF ART FROM ITS MUSEUM COLLECTION

Thursday, January 4, 2018  
Posted by: Judith Pineiro
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The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) stands against La Salle University’s plan to sell 46 works of art from the university museum’s collection to raise funds for the university. This decision goes against fundamental best practices of museums, the very standards that have built and shaped the country’s tradition of establishing and preserving art collections for the public trust.

According to the La Salle University Art Museum’s website, “The collections serve the didactic needs of a teaching museum with a Lasallian mission centered on experiential education for college students as well as service to external audiences, particularly underserved schoolchildren.”1 The planned deaccession of art works for financial gain is not only unethical by the standards of the profession, it goes against the Museum’s own statement about the collection’s importance to its students and community.

The 46 paintings, drawings and sculptures to be sold include major works from the collection by artists such as Tintoretto, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Thomas Eakins, and Alex Katz; a full list can be viewed here.

While we empathize with the University’s fiscal concerns, we hope that its leadership will find solutions that will not endanger the education resources of its museum and do not breach the key standards and principles held within the Museum community.


About the AAMC & AAMC Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement.  In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type.  We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession. AAMC today has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe.  For more information, visit artcurators.org.

Contact

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, +1.646.405.8057, judith.pineiro@artcurators.org

 


1Artcollection.lasalle.edu http://artcollection.lasalle.edu/kiosk/about.htm?sid=107&x=4426 (accessed January 4, 2018)



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