At Berkshire Museum Art Sale Hearing, Both Sides Find Reason for Hope

Michael Keating, an attorney representing a group of residents opposing the Berkshire Museum’s proposed art sale, addresses Justice David Lowy on Tuesday, during a Supreme Judicial Court hearing on the matter. ©2018 Larry Parnass

Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle
March 20, 2018

BOSTON – The jurist able to greenlight Berkshire Museum art sales gave both the institution and its critics reason for hope in a one-hour hearing Tuesday.

Justice David A. Lowy said that sentiment aside, the essential question before him — in the museum’s petition to sell up to 40 works of art — is whether it would be “impracticable” for the 115-year-old Pittsfield museum to continue without an influx of $55 million.