This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
Ever received a gift that was great at first, but down the road just didn’t fit into your decor or closet?
Your options: Throw it away, donate it to charity, regift it or sell it.
The Tacoma Art Museum has found itself in that predicament with some of the items donated to it over the years. It has chosen to sell several gifts made to its permanent collection to reach its goal of $2.5 million for acquisitions in line with its focus on Northwest art. This practice – called deaccessioning – is common with museums.
But the sale of a collection of Chinese robes and jades has raised some hackles. They were donated in 1976 by the late John and Mary Young, children of Chinese immigrants. The last time any of the collection was shown at TAM was in 1996. Read more »