Creating a Collection: A Tour Through the Smith College Museum of Art

Inconsistent with collecting policy

When the SCMA deaccessioned nearly 100 American paintings in the 1940s, there was no official connection between the disposal of those artworks and the museum's collecting policy. However, the sale did reflect a change in the museum's interests, as it had begun to collect modern European art much more. 

The Kemper Museum of Art at the University of Washington, St. Louis provides a strong example of a museum that removed a number of works from its collection in order to change directions in its mission. Read more about it here for a comparison to the SCMA. 

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