On the May 4th edition of the “EconTalk” podcast, Russ Roberts interviewed Michael O’Hare about his recent essay for Democracy, “Museums Can Change—Will They?”
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.”
Listen to the whole podcast here.