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Students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design were greeted by large letters reading “4 SALE” in the windows above the facade of the New York Avenue NW entrance to the school. According to Corcoran student Katie Macyshyn, who captured the protest action on her blog, the artwork was “taken down by operations, who liked the piece, but were following orders from the provost.”
The Corcoran did not respond to several requests to verify that account or for any other information about the incident.
Corcoran’s board of trustees is currently considering a proposal to sell the building and relocate the college as well as the Corcoran Gallery of Art—news that City Paper broke in June, when students were not in session. The Corcoran rogue isn’t the only protester out there: In a letter delivered to the Corcoran yesterday, Andrew Tulumello—a lawyer for the D.C. firm Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher representing the group Save the Corcoran—detailed a legal rationale that would prohibit the Corcoran from moving outside of certain parts of Washington, D.C. In addition, the letter demands that the Corcoran name three new board members of Save the Corcoran’s choosing.
Photo courtesy Katie Macyshyn