Press Releases & Statements

Statement in response to the November 10 action by Massachusetts Appeals Court to delay the proposed sale of artworks by the Berkshire Museum

November 11, 2017

The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors are grateful that the Massachusetts Court of Appeals has determined to enjoin the proposed sale by the Berkshire Museum of iconic artworks from its collection. Our organizations believe that conservation, exhibition, and study of collections are at the heart of a museum’s service to its community.  Collections should not be treated as disposable financial assets. We would like to thank Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and her staff for their work on behalf of the citizens of Massachusetts.

About the American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit

About the Association of Art Museum Directors
The Association of Art Museum Directors advances the profession by cultivating leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums. An agile, issues-driven organization, AAMD has three desired outcomes: engagement, leadership, and shared learning. Further information about AAMD’s professional practice guidelines and position papers is available at


Joseph Klem
American Alliance of Museums

Christine Anagnos / Alison Wade
Association of Art Museum Directors