The Metropolitan Museum of Art should not sell off the art it holds in public trust

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Dori G
Jun 20, 2021
I revised my petition yesterday to add some of the serious crimes by Sunnyvale police and their accomplices. My petition is now being suppressed by Change.org. It is no longer searchable and visible to the public. I do not know if the URL can work for others to see. It just shows the danger we all face when our justice system is so corrupt and broken. Criminals are still protected and above the law to attack U.S. citizens and Christians. There is a government organized crime ring and it is not just at the local level.
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judith kimsey
May 18, 2021
Billionaires. It’s the least you can do. I would also like the know how you let this museum get into such bad shape

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Jennifer Newman
Apr 22, 2021
The issue needs to be examined. There are many factors at play and this may be the best way to preserve jobs and weather the losses from the pandemic- I don’t know, I am not an expert on nonprofit operations/best practices or law. They are being transparent. See this article:
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/29/coronavirus-the-mets-3-billion-endowment-couldnt-save-it-from-layoffs-as-iconic-museum-struggles-with-pandemic.html

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PHILIP COTTRELL
Mar 22, 2021
Deaccessioning works of art from public collections is highly irresponsible, a betrayal of the founding principles that underpin such institutions, and should be strongly censured.

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Chris Smith
Mar 21, 2021
At the most fundamental level, the purpose of museums is to preserve collections of artifacts that are valuable, in a range of ways, as examples of human/natural history. To deaccession for any reason other than the deliberate, well reasoned refinement of an institution's holdings is to violate that basic raison d'être.

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Christopher Crosman
Mar 20, 2021
Anne Pasternak needs new trustees if she thinks the better option is selling off key works from the permanent collection is better than raising funds for operating support the old fashioned way. I do live on the same planet she does, but she is wrong on this issue.

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DAVID SANDERS
Mar 20, 2021
They get millions in donations from the wealthy to keep this art right where it is in the museum not the hands of some one who wants it for their own

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Tom Bantle
Mar 20, 2021
If any art is sold, the Museum should repay any tax benefits that arose out of the donation of the art. The public should not be subsidizing art that is sold and not retained for the public good.

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Mathew Alexander
Mar 20, 2021
The museum’s purpose is to provide public access to art and to hold it in trust for future generations. The role of the board is to provide for the institution’s long-run sustainability, not least by giving more money in challenging circumstances like these. Deaccessioning would be a failure on all points.

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Kathleen James-Chakraborty
Mar 19, 2021
I was taught as an undergraduate when Harvard was trying to do this to fund the construction of what became the Sackler that it is always wrong, because many members of my family are fumed for decades after the Smithsonian sold a beloved house that relatives had paid for them to acquire (it is now thankfully a public park), and because as an art historian, a former trustee of one major Irish museum, and a current board member of another, I do not know how to ensure that any museum will be run for the good of its collections and the public they serve if selling art can pay the bills.