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Staff jobs at Rose Art Museum in Waltham uncertain

Posted by Your Town  April 2, 2009 12:22 PM

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By Lisa Kocian, Globe Staff

Rose Art Museum staff jobs will be terminated on June 30, according to the museum’s website, but Brandeis University administration would not confirm that.

Brandeis Provost Marty Krauss said she would not discuss whether the five full-time staff employed now at the university art museum would remain because that is a personnel issue, but she did indicate there would be some kind of staffing.

“I have been working to ensure we have professionally trained staff that will continue at the museum to care appropriately for our collection, and again I haven’t made any official announcements yet because I am still working on that plan,” she said.

Brandeis officials have been lambasted by faculty and students for a January decision to close the museum and sell its collection, which includes works by Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.

Since then the administration has floated variants such as keeping the museum open for academic use only, but the fate of the Rose remains unclear.


The text of the statement on the Rose Art Museum website is below:


Concerning the Committee for the Future of the Rose Art Museum.

The instructions to this committee have been released (4:50 PM, Friday, March 27). Click here to read the statement. The Rose will have several responses, but please note that neither the Director of the museum nor the Chairman of the museum's Board of Overseers is on this Committee. Instructions to the Committee clearly state that issues surrounding the art collection (the essential identity of the museum) are NOT within the Committee's charge and remain the domain of the University Trustees. Thus, the situation of the Rose remains essentially the same as it was on January 26, 2009 when it was announced that the museum will be closed and the artwork sold. Rose exhibitions are closing on May 17, 2009; no future exhibitions have been planned; Rose staff jobs are terminated on June 30, 2009.

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