The Association of Museum Directors and the American Association of Museums are preemptively calling out the University of Iowa. There have been calls for the sale of Jackson Pollack’s “Mural” in order underwrite University costs. Such a sale would violate a fundamental ethical principal of museum management: that accessioned works of art are held in trust for the public and may not be treated as a disposable financial assets. Iowa University president Sally Mason has previously spoken against such actions. The museum organizations are calling for the help of the art community in preventing the sale.

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