Museum watchdogs and others are crying foul, but the university is undeterred.
It didn’t take long for the recent news that Philadelphia’s La Salle University plans to auction off nearly 50 artworks from its museum’s collection for the intense backlash to begin.
“I am bewildered, disgusted, heartbroken,” alumna Emily Levy wrote in an open letter on Twitter.
“I feel as though the place has been raped,” Caroline Wistar, a former longtime curator at the museum, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Reached today, Wistar told artnet News that her friends and colleagues are “all just devastated.”
“We’re all in the dark and shocked, just absolutely shocked,” she said, noting that she helped build the collection during her 30-year tenure. “We don’t understand the reason for it.”
In the museum world, few moves are more controversial than the decision to sell art—particularly when the proceeds are used to do anything other than upgrade the collection...
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