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Lecture “The War of the Rose: A Cautionary Tale” presented Oct. 6

MichaelRush_t.jpgBOONE— Michael Rush, former director of Brandies University’s Rose Art Museum, will present a guest lecture Oct. 6 at Appalachian State University.

“The War of the Rose: A Cautionary Tale” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall. Rush’s presentation is sponsored by the university’s Catherine J. Smith Gallery. The public is invited.

The lecture will examine recent financial altercations concerning the museum and former administrative plans to close it and sell its well-established collection.

Rush was the director for the Rose Art Museum in 2009 when the Brandies University administration announced its plan to cease all museum functions and sell its collection valued at $350 million as a direct attempt to withstand the current economic financial crisis.

Although the museum was set to close on June 30 that year, Rush and other supporters fought the proposal, an effort that ultimately led to the discontinuation of Rush’s contract with the university. The situation, however, eventually earned international recognition, and the decision to close the museum and sell its renowned collection was overturned and the museum remains open. Rush’s lecture will highlight these issues, raise awareness about institutional support, and discuss the role that art collections play in museums and academic institutions.

About the lecturer

Michael Rush is a museum director, award-winning curator, and widely published author and critic.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Jesuit College of Arts and Letters at St. Louis University and earned a doctorate from Harvard University in psychology and religion. He was director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Boston, which has the most significant collection of modern and contemporary art in the region, from 2005-2009 and director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004.

He is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Museum Directors Association. His Internet radio program, “Rush Interactive” on Art International Radio, is accessed in more than 80 countries around the world.

Among his books are “David Hockney” (2011), Phaidon Press; “Video Art” (2004, fully revised 2nd edition 2007) “New Media in Art” (2005), “New Media in Late 20th-Century Art” (2001), all published by Thames and Hudson; HansHofmann: Circa 1950 (2009) and “Marjetica Potrc: Urgent Architecture “(2003).

He has curated several international exhibitions of media art and received awards from the International Association of Arts Critics/US for shows including Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, 2006. Since the early 1990s, he has contributed regularly to numerous publications including Art in America, Art on Paper, The New York Times, artext, Bookforum, and many others. He has lectured at museums, universities, and art centers throughout the world, including China, Europe, South America and the United States.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St. Parking is available nearby on King Street and in the parking deck on College Street.

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