By Christopher Marcisz, hyperallergic.com. Posted 4/12/2018
Critics of the sale of these artworks — who mounted protests, penned open letters, and even secured intervention by the state’s attorney general — have tended to portray museum officials as traitors to the masterworks in their collection. One recent letter to the local newspaper declared: “To the Museum board, FOR SHAME for the opaque way in which you have treated the members of the Berkshire Museum.”
Although naysayers make a good point when they call out the museum’s opacity, national news coverage of the controversy tended to miss an important point. The Berkshire Museum is a very eccentric place. Its collection is ponderous, full of countless knick-knacks and few masterpieces. The museum is more popular with school kids than tourists, better known for its red-footed tortoise and life-sized stegosaurus sculpture than its arts programming.