What began long before we first started reporting on it way back in 2008 has finally come to an end this week, with the New York Board of Regents voting in permanent rules concerning museums in the state deaccessioning pieces from their collections (pdf). Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out the way humorist Joe Queenan wanted it to, wherein museums could sell as they pleased, but they’d have to give the profits to struggling professional sports teams, like the Mets. Instead, as must have been decided by the exploratory committee formed back in mid-January, the board put into permanent place the emergency regulations that they had previously let expire last fall, catching plenty of heat because of it, and make them entirely more lasting. So from now on, with failed bills in its wake, it is the law of the land that all New York museums must now only sell pieces to improve collections and not to help pay off bills. Per usual, for further reading on the matter, we highly recommend paying a visit to Lee Rosenbaum‘s CultureGrrl blog, wherein she’s been digging right in and providing a wealth of information. About the new rules, Rosenbaum says they go “farther than the professional guidelines of the Association of Art Museum Directors,” if that’s any indication on how far the board went from that temporary span of having no rules in place to now having it locked down and all official-like.
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