Crisis at the Rose Art Museum

Documenting a Moment in History


This archival space is devoted to the cultural documentation of responses by students, artists, scholars and others to the announced closing of the Rose Art Museum and the anticipated sale of some or all of its works. The Rose closing is a significant event in the history of art and museums, and we seek to develop a historical record of campus, regional and international responses to this developing story. Please feel free to post your own commentaries by clicking the "discussion" tab above.

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Letters and Documents


Upcoming Live Events

  • Town Meeting at the Rose Art Museum, on the proposed closing of the Museum. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The proceedings are up on YouTube at: http://culturalproduction.wikispaces.com/RoseTownMeeting
  • Darwin Day at the Rose. Thursday, Feb. 12. 1:00-3:30 p.m. Artist Steve Miller will present on "Art: An Endangered Species" showing his actual recent work, and discus the issue of the Rose. (The proceedings will go up on YouTube)


Past Live Events (most recent first)
  • Funerary walk for the Rose. Thursday, February 5. Art Attack march from Rabb steps to the Rose from 7-10pm. Described on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=64327470389 Covered by the Waltham Daily News Tribune>
  • ComeSeeArt.Student Art Action. Friday, Jan. 30. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Shapiro campus center. A salon of solidarity, with low rez jpgs displayed of Rose collection works, to emphasize what is being lost.
  • Cultural Production "Teach-in" on The Rose situation. Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Shiffman 122.
  • Student "sit in" at the Rose. Thursday, January 29. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Students and others made art in support of the Rose. Broadcast on YouTube. See Bryce Peake's slide show of this event.


On Line Creative Works/Activist Sites


Artistic Responses to the Crisis:


The Rose as a Teaching and Learning Resource



Press/Media coverage of interest (starting with most recent)