The Tennessean gets into the act on Fisk’s Steiglitz art collection willed by Georgia O’Keefe to the school. Gail Kerr wonders what they’ll do with the collection now that it’s hanging:
Will Fisk just leave it hanging, with a stray visitor now-and-again lucky enough to happen on it? Or will they market it. Push it. Use it to create a steady source of income?
And, more importantly, will Fisk finally use it for the purpose famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe wanted when she willed it to them in 1949: To teach students?
That’s no academic question (forgive the pun) because the collection has, in Kerr’s mind real potential to help the embattled university. The gallery is attracting visitors from all over–“The guest book is beginning to fill with signatures from far away locales like Chicago, France and California, and close ones, like Hendersonville and TSU”– and that suggests the school could generate revenue for itself instead of leasing the collection half-time to the Crystal Bridges Museum.
Between the court fight over whether Fisk can sell some of it, and the slow gallery renovation, the Stieglitz had become a bit of a joke around town. Can art be art if you can’t ever see it?
Today, Fisk has an unprecedented opportunity to turn that around and make this an asset. If it can attract 200 visitors a day, at $10 a head, that’s half a million in revenue over the course of a year.
There’s Gold for Fisk in Alfred Stieglitz Art Collection (The Tennessean)