This just in: Wesleyan collections contain no important art

Re: The plans for the University Museum being scrapped:

“I don’t think a museum is a good thing for Wesleyan,” Roth asserted. “We should have a first-rate exhibition program, but that’s different from the museum project. At this point, if there was important art, it would be given to an established museum.”

The Wesleyan Argus, February 29, 2008

24 thoughts on “This just in: Wesleyan collections contain no important art

  1. Anonymous

    roth sucks. at some point this campus is going to get over it’s honeymoon with him, and start realizing he’s a douche in disguise.

  2. Anonymous

    roth sucks. at some point this campus is going to get over it’s honeymoon with him, and start realizing he’s a douche in disguise.

  3. Anonymous

    How can we build a proper museum in the CFA? I thought there was some sort of dumbass clause that prevented the university from substantially altering any part of its design?

  4. Anonymous

    How can we build a proper museum in the CFA? I thought there was some sort of dumbass clause that prevented the university from substantially altering any part of its design?

  5. Marianna

    I’m not an art history or archeology major, but I was very impressed with the collection of native American art from the southwest that we have an EXTENSIVE collection of, and also the Albrecht Duerer and Jacques Callot prints that we have in the DAC, under lock and key. And you KNOW all the stuffed birds are going to get tossed when they pwn shanklin.

  6. Anonymous

    wow the president can’t speak with proper grammar! this is terrible! seriously, who gives the shit. the art/museum shit, he fucked up. but grammar… i mean, seriously?

  7. Marianna

    I’m not an art history or archeology major, but I was very impressed with the collection of native American art from the southwest that we have an EXTENSIVE collection of, and also the Albrecht Duerer and Jacques Callot prints that we have in the DAC, under lock and key. And you KNOW all the stuffed birds are going to get tossed when they pwn shanklin.

  8. Anonymous

    wow the president can’t speak with proper grammar! this is terrible! seriously, who gives the shit. the art/museum shit, he fucked up. but grammar… i mean, seriously?

  9. Anonymous

    Amazingly enough, there is quite a bit of support for a museum among Wesleyan’s art alumni. However, they wanted to build a museum in the old squash courts because President Bennet didn’t want an empty building next to his glorious campus center. The museum building would have had a shelf life of just twenty years, it would have been incredibly ugly, and it would not have been the right building for the collection. Oh yes, and it would have cost *more* than building a custom museum in the CFA.Now that the old squash courts are off the table, at least there’s a chance that a proper museum might be built in the CFA.As for his crack that no collector would ever donate “serious art” to the D.A.C., it is a factually wrong and remarkably stupid thing for a university president to say.

  10. Anonymous

    Amazingly enough, there is quite a bit of support for a museum among Wesleyan’s art alumni. However, they wanted to build a museum in the old squash courts because President Bennet didn’t want an empty building next to his glorious campus center. The museum building would have had a shelf life of just twenty years, it would have been incredibly ugly, and it would not have been the right building for the collection. Oh yes, and it would have cost *more* than building a custom museum in the CFA.

    Now that the old squash courts are off the table, at least there’s a chance that a proper museum might be built in the CFA.

    As for his crack that no collector would ever donate “serious art” to the D.A.C., it is a factually wrong and remarkably stupid thing for a university president to say.

  11. Anonymous

    “anon 820: most people don’t speak with correct grammar.”obviously not. But one would hope that a president of a university would be able to grasp the nuances of the ever-so complicated if-then clause.

  12. Anonymous

    “anon 820: most people don’t speak with correct grammar.”

    obviously not. But one would hope that a president of a university would be able to grasp the nuances of the ever-so complicated if-then clause.

  13. Anonymous

    uhhh, didn’t roth’s major involve art? or something? i thought that meant he would have to know shit about it…

  14. Anonymous

    uhhh, didn’t roth’s major involve art? or something? i thought that meant he would have to know shit about it…

  15. Annalisa

    In addition to art, Xiaoxi, we have tons of archaeological material, including a mummy, that is sitting in the science center, disintegrating, and it will continue to do so until it’s put in a space with proper temperature and humidity controls — like a museum. It won’t just sit in Exley forever — it’ll fall apart. Roth seems to think that it can be stored there in perpetuity, but a choice to do nothing with it is in fact a choice to let it disappear. This whole thing is profoundly disappointing.– archaeology major

  16. Annalisa

    In addition to art, Xiaoxi, we have tons of archaeological material, including a mummy, that is sitting in the science center, disintegrating, and it will continue to do so until it’s put in a space with proper temperature and humidity controls — like a museum. It won’t just sit in Exley forever — it’ll fall apart. Roth seems to think that it can be stored there in perpetuity, but a choice to do nothing with it is in fact a choice to let it disappear. This whole thing is profoundly disappointing.

    — archaeology major

  17. Anonymous

    This is a bummer. The last thing College Row needs is more offices. Where are all the rich, art-loving alums when we need them? I’d fund the damn thing myself if I were one.

  18. Anonymous

    This is a bummer. The last thing College Row needs is more offices. Where are all the rich, art-loving alums when we need them? I’d fund the damn thing myself if I were one.

  19. Xiaoxi

    the museum is an important project. Right now we have a lot of art and instruments collecting dust in basements, much of which is IMPORTANT (from Millet to Duchamp, and a lot in between). It would be very useful if those collections were more accessible to students, especially since there isn’t an “established museum” in Middletown.

  20. Xiaoxi

    the museum is an important project. Right now we have a lot of art and instruments collecting dust in basements, much of which is IMPORTANT (from Millet to Duchamp, and a lot in between).
    It would be very useful if those collections were more accessible to students, especially since there isn’t an “established museum” in Middletown.

  21. Anonymous

    That’s profoundly disappointing. He proved he was pulling some bullshit with that comment.

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