Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Why the AAMD's move on deaccessioning matters so much"

Mark Gold and Stefanie Jandl explain.

Bottom line: "Going forward, it will be extremely hard for the AAMD–or anyone else–to pass judgment on a museum’s decision in the face of any existential threat."

That's correct.

The logic of the AAMD's current position seems to be that (non-acquisition related) deaccessioning is okay if the entire sector is experiencing serious financial strain, but not okay if any individual museum is experiencing serious financial strain. I just don't see how that makes sense.