Tenn. AG proposes taking O’Keeffe art from Fisk

Fisk University President Hazel O’Leary says the historically black university would have to close its doors if a judge approves a proposal for the Tennessee Art Commission to take temporary possession of a 101-piece collection donated to the school by th

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fisk University President Hazel O’Leary says the historically black university would have to close its doors if a judge approves a proposal for the Tennessee Art Commission to take temporary possession of a 101-piece collection donated to the school by the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe. A Nashville judge last month rejected an attempt by the cash-strapped school to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection to an Arkansas museum for $30 million because because the deal didn’t meet the terms of O’Keeffe’s donation to Fisk in 1949. State Attorney General Bob Cooper on Friday proposed the arts commission take control of the collection that includes O’Keeffe’s 1927 oil painting "Radiator Building — Night, New York," and that it be displayed under contract at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Under the plan, the school could get the art back once it can afford to display it on campus. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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