CULTURE: When Museums Sell Their Art, Where Should the Money Go?

September 1, 2017

Last month, a new row broke out in the art world around the Berkshire Museum’s decision to auction off 40 works by artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder to pay for a renovation and boost their endowment. But this latest controversy represents just one installment in the long-running debate about “deaccessioning,” or the disposal of objects from a museum’s collection. On this episode, we’re joined by law professor Brian L. Frye, who walks us through the history of the regulations surrounding deaccessioning and how it became the hot-button issue it is today.

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