Days after the Brandeis faculty discussed significant changes to its liberal arts curriculum, the university's president announced that the school would be closing the Rose Art Museum this summer and selling its entire 6,000-piece collection because of a $10 million budget deficit, the Justice reports. The student newspaper said the money from the art auction would go to the university's general fund.
"No one feels really good about closing the Rose," said a Brandeis spokesman. "It is being done with a strict emphasis on what is best for the students who are here now and what is best for the students who are going to be coming in future generations."
According to Inside Higher Ed, the museum is known for its works of American modernism, American social realism, abstract expressionism, and surrealism. It houses pieces by Marsden Hartley, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Morris Louis, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Max Ernst, René Magritte, and many other leading figures of art in the past century.