Corcoran Gallery’s proposed merger goes to court
Published: July 18, 2014 05:23PM
Updated: July 18, 2014 05:23PM
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FILE - This May 15, 2014 file photo shows pedestrians passing the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. The District of Columbia has filed court documents in support of allowing the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college to merge with two larger institutions. D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan filed comments this week supporting the museum's merger with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art. The attorney general is charged with representing the public interest when a court considers major changes to a charity's structure. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

Washington • A District of Columbia judge is considering whether to allow a group representing some students, alumni, donors and faculty to intervene in a proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art with two larger institutions.

Judge Robert Okun heard arguments Friday on the group Save the Corcoran’s motion to intervene. Okun said he will consider the case over the weekend and issue a ruling Monday.

The Corcoran’s board is seeking to merge the museum and its art college with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art after years of financial shortfalls and renovations it cannot afford.

The group Save the Corcoran wants to stop the merger. It says the Corcoran has been badly mismanaged and could survive as an independent museum with better fundraising and management.