Here is the letter, emailed to the Brandeis community today, from president Jehuda Reinharz, whose January 2009 announcement that he would sell off the university’s art collection to balance the college’s finances damaged the school’s reputation and led to his announcement last fall that he would resign in June 2011 if a replacement is found. It now appears that the museum will stay open, though it is not clear in what form, and that the collection of modern art — valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars — will be loaned for fees to other institutions in a program managed by Sotheby’s. The university has not taken off the table the possibility of selling art, should doing so not contravene directions from the donors and be permitted by the Massachusetts State Attorney General.
To members of the Brandeis community,
I am pleased to announce the formation of a search committee for the recruitment of the next Director of the Rose Art Museum. Roy Dawes has served with distinction as Director of Museum Operations for more than a year and will continue in that role until a new director is in place. The search for a new director follows two other important hires at the Rose. Brandeis has been fortunate in recent months to welcome Dabney Hailey, Director of Academic Programming, and Kristen Parker, Collections Manager and Registrar.
The search committee includes:
Scott Edmiston, Director, Office of the Arts (Chair)
Dan Feldman, Vice President for Planning and Capital Projects
Susan Lichtman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
John Lisman, Professor of Biology
Robin Miller, Professor of Russian Literature and Chair of GRALL
Steven Reiner, Chair, Rose Board of Overseers and member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees
Jonathan Unglaub, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
In addition, a Brandeis student and a museum professional will be invited to join the committee in the near future.
The formation of the search committee comes as the Rose is preparing for two new fall exhibitions, “Waterways” and “Regarding Painting” that will open in early October. http://www.brandeis.edu/rose/. I encourage you to visit the museum and enjoy both of these exciting exhibits.