Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
As discussed in last week’s lecture, not only are more organizations forming, but many are choosing to expand. This is a big consideration: beyond the capacity to physically expand the organization, once expanded the organization will require a lot more resources to sustain itself over time. This article analyzes the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo who is in the process of planning their expansion.The Gallery has been around since the Civil War era and continues to be known for its contemporary art and paintings. The permanent collection, provided by benefactor Seymour Knox Jr., at any given time is only partially on display due to the design of the building. To be more specific 2-3% of the permanent collection can be shown at one time in the 19,000 sq. feat of exhibition space. Another issue in the design of the Gallery is a lot of the newer contemporary art pieces don’t fit through the museum’s doors.
This case seems like a situation where with the proper economic planning, the expansion would be for the best. It is important to consider when expansion is necessary and when it is without purpose or outside of an organization’s capacity.