Berkshire Museum: Letters To The Editor
A collection of Letters to the Editor on the topic of the Berkshire Museum's "New Vision" and a plan to sell 40 works of art. The letters are listed in chronological order, based on the date the letters appeared in the paper.
Letter: Museum will link past, present, future
Letter: Positive change for Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum contributesto city's bright future
Letter: Plan assures museum of solid county future
Letter: Bravo to museum for long-term plan
Letter: Museum's crown jewelsglitter in many ways
Letter: Masterpieces belong in Berkshire County
Letter: Museum board shouldreconsider art selloff
Letter: Museum must not violate ethical code
Letter: Museum must keep its three key ingredients
Letter: Bold change assures future of museum
Letter: Museum plan assureswalls to hang art upon
Letter: Rockwell would havesatirized museum
Letter: Problems are real,solution is wrong
Letter: Berkshire Museummust not sell our heritage
Letter: Berkshire Museum madedifficult, wise decision
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Letter: Courageous decisionto keep museum vital
Letter: Museum eliminatesrisk of mummification
Letter: Museums can't becomeplaces of amusement
Letter: Destroying past won'tassure museum's future
Letter: Keep art, reach outto arts community
Letter: Art to be sold is partof Berkshire history
Letter: Thompson clarifieswhat is at stake
Letter: Preserve art forfuture generations
Letter: Plan enables museumto continue evolution
Letter: Museum should remain"window to the world"
Letter: Collection a monumentto the Gilded Age
Letter: Trump's leaks to Russiaare a criminal offense
Letter: Art collection should beat center of new plan
Letter: Rockwell family urgesmuseum to keep artwork
Letter: Public must knowfull story on art sale
Letter: Unanswered questionsabout museum's sales
Letter: Museum is pursuingresponsible pathway
Letter: Together, let's saveour Berkshire Museum
Letter: Debate prompted visitto impressive museum
Letter: Museum scapegoatscommunity in code
Letter: High-tech exhibitsare of doubtful value
Letter: Museum should considerevolving by degree
Letter: New museum missionserves wider audience
Letter: Is museum's missionstatement flexible?
Letter: Support our wonderfulBerkshire Museum
Letter: A suggestion forthe Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum board hasundermined public trust
Letter: All parties were misledby Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum shouldn't sellBerkshire treasures
Letter: Museum wasn't up frontabout financial problems
Letter: Financial informationneeded from museum
Letter: Late-arriving critics should end the insults
Letter: County boasts hugenumber of museums
Letter: Financial history of museum needed
Letter: Museum should pause,explore other options
Letter: Museum shouldn't riskgetting pariah status
Letter: Criticism of museum descends into shaming
Letter: Let the naysayers raise funds, buy art
Letter: We should all supportour Berkshire Museum
Letter: Template established for museum's rebirth
Letter: Harness outpouring of passion for museum
Letter: Satisfied by museum'sexplanation for sales
Letter: Issue is implementing museum board's plan
Letter: Museum risks losingsupport of community
Letter: Museum sale onlypostpones inevitable
Letter: Museum board must find a better solution
Letter: Trashing of museumis well underway
Letter: Support the desiredmuseum changes
Letter: Honesty a victim inmuseum consultation
Letter: Support new visionfor Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum alienatingart lovers and donors
Letter: Sale will tarnish history,reputation of museum
Letter: Son of the Berkshires supports museum
Letter: Museum losing baby, keeping bathwater
Letter: Museum chooses future,owes nothing to past
Letter: Transparency the wayto museum success
Letter: As museum evolves children must come first
Letter: Many questions for theBerkshire Museum's board
Letter: Berkshire Museum a precious gift
Letter: Art must have role at Berkshire Museum
Letter: Berkshire Museum resembles tag sale
Letter: Museum fails donors, violates code of ethics
Letter: Museum's wise plan prepares for future
Letter: Museum has time to undo damage
Letter: Museum's attitudeis typical of times
Letter: Art donors' intentionsargue against sale
Letter: Museum coverageis quality journalism
Letter: Contrite museum boardshould get art returned
Letter: Museum sells outfor mess of pottage
Letter: Onus falls on boardof Berkshire Museum
Letter: Cassandra, we still have wax in our ears
Letter: Museum has obligationto its own history
It does not look like the controversy surrounding the sale of Berkshire Museum assets will end without leaving a very bitter taste for a long time in the mouths of significant supporters of the arts and many Berkshire County citizens.
The art collection is at the heart of the Berkshire Museum. It is Pittsfield's history, a legacy to take pride in and celebrate. Let's spotlight it and put it at the core of a revitalized institution — not monetize it!
In the beginning of the 20th century, a young couple began collecting Impressionist paintings and other fine works of art to eventually amass one of the most superlative and prized collections found anywhere.
We hear from wealthy, knowledgeable people, some academic, some tourists, and people in high places in the museum world around the country, and they always focus on the sale of the artworks.
When I rented an apartment in West Stockbridge years ago, my landlady was a little spitfire who was into anything to do with the arts. She knew Sandy Calder, Aaron Copland, Ted Shawn — you name it.
As a life-long Berkshire County resident and a multi-year Boy Scout leader, I am appalled by the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off the best of its art collection, including two original Rockwells, gifted by the artist himself.
The current issue with the Berkshire Museum is no longer just about selling its best art, but also the way the sale has been handled.
The name of the Berkshire Museum will forever be synonymous with an existential threat to our cultural heritage. It casts an ominous pall over collections in all institutions.
If the Berkshire Museum director and board did not negotiate favorable terms regarding commission fees and withdrawal of consignments, they are even more incompetent than I had thought.
During my years as mayor, I worked closely with the nonprofit cultural organizations in our city, and I understand all too well the challenges they face.
At the end of her letter to the editor of Sept. 19, 17-year-old Olivia Kinney states her support of the new vision plan for the Berkshire Museum because it augments the science and natural history programming that has inspired her childhood.
Recent developments at the Berkshire Museum fill me with alternating enthusiasm and dismay. The vision for a new 21st-century institution is exciting, but the cost — loss of a significant number of artworks — is excessive.
How fortunate that Hancock Shaker Village has as its new president and CEO Jennifer Trainer Thompson who has breathed new life, energy and vitality into this beloved and beautiful institution.
With regard to recent letters supporting the Berkshire Museum's intended conversion into a technology/science museum, here are my thoughts.
I may be developing paranoia over this controversy, but I am beginning to wonder if many of the people protesting the decisions made by the Berkshire Museum's board of trustees are hoping that this venerable and beloved institution will be allowed to go u
Letter: Berkshire Museumstuck on autopilot
Letter: Sale must be stopped,full accounting given
Letter: Museum's art sale will hamstring future funding
Letter: Art sale akin to selling 'the people's paintings'
Letter: Don't rob Peterjust to pay Paul
Letter: A bold step forward for Berkshire Museum
Letter: Call off art salewhile there is time
Letter: The museum's vision is in need of re-vision
Letter: The museum's visionis in need of re-vision
Letter: Locking out nurseswas over the top
Letter: Aside from selling art,what is the plan?
Letter: Save-the-Art doesn'tmean scrap 'New Vision'
Letter: Museum board mustput a stop to the sale
Letter: Museum plan is about money,not about children
Letter: Unfair attack on thosewho want to save art
Letter: A knee-jerk reactionbacking museum plan
Letter: On museum, state rep.fails leadership test
Letter: Museum Rockwell lovedis sacrificing its future
Letter: Find ways to counterart sales polarization
Letter: Questions about Sotheby's,contractors unanswered
Letter: Supporters of museumshould now speak up
Letter: Remove first 16from chopping block
Letter: Crane's good intentionsviolated by museum
Letter: Museum should exploreoptions, not renovate
Letter: Crane's good intentionsviolated by museum
Letter: Canceled meeting with MCC is final straw
Letter: Community demands betterof museum administration
Letter: Consider Crane family along with Rockwell's
Letter: Keep barbershop paintingand get a barber chair
Letter: Keep the 'new vision' and the artwork, too
Letter: Museum board must put a stop to art sale
Letter: Art sale, new vision will destroy museum
Letter: Pause sale of art gifts to people of Berkshires
Letter: Honor donors' intent, support the public trust
Letter: Critics of art sale are undermining museum
Letter: Museum is throwing art under the bus
Letter: Loss of great art makesmuseum poor, not rich
Letter: Teammates stand behindtrustee head McGraw
Letter: A breach of public trust,and of museum ethics
Letter: Rockwell's masterpiecewas donated to us all
Letter: Museum put money before its collection
Letter: Reinvent museum as Museum of Berkshires
Letter: Up to museum board to call for a reset
Letter: Where is compromiseon museum plan?
Letter: All parties must unite for museum end game
Letter: Eagle conflict of intereston Berkshire Museum
Letter: Berkshire Museum stillwon't provide transparency
Letter: Eagle is right to pursuefacts on museum plan
Letter: Museum board shouldaccept Hinds' overture
Letter: Museum's purpose wasnever about artwork
Letter: Don't tear heart outof Berkshire Museum
Letter: How to succeed at a regional museum
Letter: Protect our common property at museum
Letter: Museum must back upclaim of dire finances
Letter: A prescription for the Berkshire Museum
Letter: Museum is priority, not the pictures
Letter: Museum should market,not sell its valuable art
Letter: Barnum would be proudof museum's strategy
Letter: Bringing back art will heal community
Letter: Public needs to know what museum is hiding
Letter: Motive for museum art sale questioned
Letter: Let Berkshire Museum do what's right for future
Letter: Ignore negativity, work as one for museum
Letter: Museum-AG accord is dark day for county
Letter: Museum parts with its history, and our own
Letter: AG-museum accord a winner for all parties
Letter: Accord with AG allows museum to go forward
Letter: Museum victory a sad lesson in ethics
Letter: Respect art sale pact and integrity of all
Letter: Implement agreement between museum, AG
Letter: What follows family jewels out of Berkshire Museum?
Letter: Art world must reexaminerestrictive policies, practices
Letter: A great day for museumand for city of Pittsfield
Letter: A positive outcome todifficult museum debate
Letter: Critical that museum survives as institution
Letter: Expert provides voice for museum donors
Letter: Museum's 'victory' may be short-lived
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