Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would force the University of Iowa to sell its Jackson Pollock "Mural" painting, valued at $140 million, which was donated to the state-owned University in 1959. The proceeds from the sale would go into a trust fund to give scholarships to art students.
But museum associations have criticized the move, arguing that treating works of art as a source of cash is a violation of museum ethics.
We speak with Christopher Knight, art critic of the Los Angeles Times.
- Smithsonian.com: Decoding Jackson Pollock
- Iowa City Press-Citizen: U. of Iowa President delivers written remarks over Pollock mural
This segment aired on February 17, 2011.