Ethical deaccessioning and the Albright-Knox case
Ostness, Nicholas L.
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This thesis analyzes contemporary practices and professional ethical guidelines regarding museum deaccessioning and their impact on modern and contemporary art museums and their publics. The ethical guidelines set forth by the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, and the College Art Association have set the foundation for my discussion on deaccessioning. This thesis explores the origin of deaccessioning and the positive and negative effects it has on museums and communities. In addition, this thesis explores the controversial 2007 Albright-Knox Art Gallery deaccessioning, the legal suit brought against the museum, and the ultimate vindication of the museum’s actions by the Erie County New York Supreme Court, as well as the decision written by Erie County, New York Supreme Court Judge Diane Y. Devlin in Dennis v. Buffalo Fine Arts Academy.