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July 22, 2014

Court Rules Suit Against Corcoran Breakup Can Go Forward

Opponents of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's planned reorganization won a major procedural victory Monday, securing a Washington, D.C., judge's approval to move forward with their court case against the proposal, The Washington Post reports.

Superior Court Judge Robert Okun ruled that nine members of advocacy group Save the Corcoran could be affected by the venerable museum and design school's planned takeover by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University and thus have standing to intervene in legal proceedings the Corcoran launched last month to effect the change.

The nine include seven students and a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and an employee of the gallery. The ruling sets up a four-day hearing next month over the fate of Washington's oldest art museum. As a nonprofit, the Corcoran needs court approval to revise its 1869 charter and turn over operations to other institutions, a move the financially strapped museum says is necessary to carry on its mission of exhibition and art education.