Michael O’Hare’s essay for Democracy, “Museums Can Change—Will They?” has been featured on MSNBC’s “Three Cents,” Bloomberg View, the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Arts & Letters Daily and on art blog Los Angeles County Museum on Fire.
On June 3, Virginia Postrel wrote about O’Hare’s essay in Bloomberg View and the essay was also featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Arts & Letters Daily page. William Poundstone of Los Angeles County Museum on Fire published a response to the piece on June 11. Then on the June 12th edition of “Three Cents,” The New York Times‘s Josh Barro interviewed O’Hare about the essay.
In his essay, O’Hare argues that museums all too often fail at what should be their central mission: more, better engagement with art. He offers a few ideas on how museums can change the way they operate—including becoming more open to “deaccession,” or selling their art, to help finance making the art more accessible to more of the public. O’Hare writes: “Selling just 1 percent of the collection by value—much more than 1 percent by object count—would enable the [Art Institute of Chicago] to endow free admission forever.”
To watch O’Hare’s interview on “Three Cents,” click here.
To read Virginia Postrel’s piece, click here.
To read William Poundstone’s response, click here.