Christopher Bedford, the 35-year-old chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner
Center for the Arts at Ohio State
University, has been named the next
director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. He will be the museum's first
director since then school president Jehuda Reinharz and other Brandeis leaders
threatened to close the Rose and sell off its fabulous collection in January
2009 and pushed out then director Michael Rush that summer.
Back in 2009, we wrote about how, due to a projected $80 million deficit, Brandeis University was poised to sell off the artwork in its famed Rose Museum, a collection including works by Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, de Kooning, and Warhol.After
two years of speculating, PR nightmares, and conflicting statements, we
now have a definitive update.