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Corcoran’s Petition to Dissolve & Transfer Art, School & Building to National Gallery & GWU OK’d by DC Superior Court

In granting the Corcoran’s petition on August 18, 2014 for its dissolution and transfer of art and certain assets to the National Gallery of Art along with transfer of the historic building and the College of Art + Design to George Washington University, Judge Robert Okun, in his lengthy and thoughtful opinion concluded that there was no other practical solution.

“This Court,” the judge stated, “finds it painful to issue an order that effectively dissolves the Corcoran as an independent entity. . . . But this Court would find it even more painful to deny the relief requested and allow the Corcoran to face its likely demise — the likely dissolution of the college, the closing of the gallery, and the dispersal of the gallery’s entire collection.”

Shortly following the issuance of the order granting the petion, the National Gallery issued a press release stating, among other things, that it “will organize and present exhibitions of modern and contemporary art within the Corcoran building . . . [and] also will maintain a Corcoran Legacy Gallery within the building, displaying a selection of works from the collection that are identified historically with the 17th Street landmark structure. These and other works of the Corcoran collection will be transferred to the custody of the National Gallery. . . Works that are not accessioned by the National Gallery will be distributed by the Corcoran to other art museums and appropriate entities in the Washington area. No work of art will be sold.”

[Note: A comprehensive report on the judges decision will be available in the September issue PDF that will be published on Friday, the 12th. For background, see this month’s lead story “Corcoran’s Move to Dissolve Legally & Transfer Art & Building by Cy Près Proceeding Challenged in Court; Decision Very Soon” at]
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