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Berkshire Group Brings Museum Sale Protest To NYC


Representatives of a citizens group that opposes the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale are continuing to protest.

Opponents of the Berkshire Museum’s much criticized but state approved plan to sell pieces of its collection to fund its endowment and renovation gathered outside a Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan Monday night. Great Barrington resident Hope Davis represents Save The Art – Save The Museum.

“We want to make the public aware of unethical deaccessions and discourage other institutions from following this kind of path,” said Davis.

Two pieces from the Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum’s collection were in Monday night’s auction. Another piece from the museum’s collection, Alexander Calder’s “Double Arc and Sphere,” goes on the block Wednesday.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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