It looks as if the sun is finally setting on an autonomous Corcoran Gallery of Art. Yesterday, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun approved the institution’s merger with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art. The ruling “effectively dissolved the Corcoran as an independent entity,” Okun wrote in a statement. The final ruling, which came to 49 pages, included several other important details about the Corcoran’s fate. The Washington Business Journal’s Rebecca Cooper has rounded up five noteworthy findings that deserve mention.
Her first finding concerns the current state of the institution’s Flagg building, which is apparently not in ideal condition to house the Corcoran’s collection of nearly 18,000 artworks. She cites issues with the building’s HVAC system and fire safety as the major problems, quoting judge’s the ruling which states, “The Flagg building now has many pressing maintenance issues that cannot be deferred for much longer.” The first finding directly correlates to the second: The estimated high cost of renovations on the building. They could total more than $102 million.
Cooper notes that the Corcoran College of Art will remain inside the troubled Flagg building, as will its gallery space. Lastly, she points out that the DC attorney general will remain involved and will “approve the transfer of any of the Corcoran’s works of art to entities outside the District” due to the Corcoran’s agreement with the NGA regarding distribution of its collection.
— Alanna Martinez (@lanna_martinez)
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