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STATEMENT ON THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM'S PLANNED MONETIZATION OF WORKS FROM ITS COLLECTION

Friday, July 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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STATEMENT ON THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM'S

PLANNED MONETIZATION OF WORKS FROM ITS COLLECTION

 

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) stands with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) against the Berkshire Museum’s plans to deaccession works of art to support its endowment, operations, and capital investments.

 Curators are ambassadors of the art, artists, cultures and organizations that they serve; they present, interpret, and safeguard works of art through their scholarship and expertise, and by upholding and adhering to professional and ethical standards.  On behalf of the over 1,300 curators that make up our membership, AAMC urges the Berkshire Museum’s leadership to reconsider the decision to treat works from its collection as a financial asset. This decision goes against fundamental best practices of museums, the very standards that have built and shaped the country’s great tradition of establishing and preserving art collections for the public trust.   While we empathize with the Museum’s fiscal issues, we encourage the leadership to seek alternative solutions that do not breach the key standards and principals held within the industry. 


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

 


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