There are a lot of issues around the despoiling of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum, but here’s my issue:
Too many Roses.
From a Boston Globe report headlined, “For supporters, bloom is off the Rose:”
The dispute began in January 2009, when Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz announced that the school’s board of trustees had decided to close the Rose Art Museum and sell off its collection, valued by some at more than $350 million, to help solve the university’s budget crunch.
That led to the predictable blowback:
Meryl Rose, Jonathan Lee, and Lois Foster, all overseers of the Rose and longtime supporters, filed their lawsuit last year against Brandeis in Suffolk Probate Court. The suit, scheduled to go to trial in December, calls for Brandeis to return hundreds of works . . .
But wait – there’s more Rose:
Brandeis attorney Alan D. Rose said that the lawsuit is without merit.
So that’s three Roses.
A Rose by any other name would be . . . welcome.