TAM Docents: "Gift by Exchange"
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Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs
Judi had a visitor ask about the phrase "gift by exchange" on the labels in the Edo exhibit. Jessica has given me permission to forward the answer on to you so you can pass it onto the docents, but asked that they please use the answer listed as number 1 when talking to the public, as "deaccessioned" may be construed as a negative term.
From: Jessica Wilks
Sent: Wed 9/29/2010 1:26 PM
To: Megan Jones
Cc: Zoe Donnell
Subject: RE: "Gift by Exchange"
The are a couple different circumstances when "gift by exchange" would be added to a credit line.
1. The donor may have given an artwork to the museum with the intention for the work to be sold and the proceeds be used to buy other works of art
2. The work may have been deaccessioned from another museum and acquired by us (from what I understand, this circumstance is very rare here and probably is not the case with the works donated by Mrs. Lyon).
Hope this helps. Probably easier to explain number one to the public.
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Good morning Jessica!
A visitor had a question pertaining to a label in the Edo exhibit. At least one of the labels in the exhibit state that a print was donated by a Ms Lyon as a “gift by exchange”. What did the museum exchange for the print?