Fisk University seeks trial to pursue sale of O’Keeffe artwork

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Fisk University has filed a motion seeking a trial date in its quest to sell some of the artwork from its Stieglitz collection.

The works were donated to Fisk by the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, in Santa Fe, N.M., had sued the school in Chancery Court claiming Fisk was violating the terms of the bequest. It asked that the artwork be turned over to the O’Keeffe estate, which it represents.

State Attorney General Bob Cooper intervened in the case to represent the people of Tennessee’s wishes to keep the collection in the state.

Tennessee’s Court of Appeals ruled in July the O’Keeffe Museum had no standing in court. It is now up to the Chancery Court to decide whether Fisk can sell any of the work.

The motion filed last week will be heard on April 16.

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