The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has deaccessioned a selection of artworks from its collection, a very small fraction of our 5,600-object collection. These works will be placed in sales at Christie’s Auction House starting in May 2021. The decision to deaccession these artworks followed a thorough review of MCASD’s collection by the curatorial department.
This deaccession process is regularly undertaken by museums to identify pieces that fall outside the institutional mission or collection purview; works that are duplicative or redundant; or those of lesser quality and are not likely to be exhibited. The funds generated from the sale of these works will support the direct care of the Museum’s collection, one of the most important responsibilities of any museum. Funds will help stabilize collection care efforts in these times of economic downturn and offset the ongoing expenses of collection care.
“Throughout its 80-year history, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has developed a dynamic and expansive collection of works from1950 to today,” said Kathryn Kanjo, The David C. Copley Director and CEO. “As part of our ongoing process of caring for the collection, we regularly review our holdings to identify works which fall outside our mission or are unlikely to be shown. After careful review, the Museum has deaccessioned a group of artworks, and the funds generated from their sale will support our continued collection stewardship.”
Deaccessioning is a component of the MCASD’s Collection Management Policy. This process adheres to all guidelines set by California state law and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a professional association that accredits museums. The guidelines of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) also allows for funds generated by sales of deaccessioned artworks to support collections care through April 2022.
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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD)
Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. mcasd.org
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