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  •  My alma mater has a large collection (2+ / 0-)
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    peptabysmal, Egalitare

    (still, I think) of American art which was due to a bequest by an alum with the proviso that the art remain with the college. A few years ago there was a big kerfuffle when the college sought to sell at least one major piece (a Walton [Walmart] was supposedly involved in the purchase) to defray college expenses. The collection curator was surprised and locked in her office so that the piece could be crated and removed for sale.

    I'm not sure how this was done legally, but art collections held in trust are vulnerable to sale to solve financial difficulties. Some people see dollar signs on everything, and austerity for some means lovely new acquisitions for others.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:38:11 PM PDT

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