Brandeis's failure to publicly explore options such as these — coupled with the fact that university brass failed to notify the Rose's museum director of its intentions until after the board of trustees had approved the closure — raises questions about the university's transparency and accountability. The art that lives under the sheltering auspices of the Rose, belongs — in spirit, at least — to the world. Brandeis is merely its trustee.
For a university brimming with brainpower, situated in a region where brainpower is, in effect, its greatest natural resource, to resort to a good-art-for-sale strategy for the future is simply unacceptable, so unimaginative, so . . . mediocre. The Brandeis community should demand more from its stewards.
: The Editorial Page
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