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Jun 19, 2012
For the Love of Art: Charles Weyerhaeuser and the Art Complex Museum

by Lois Tarlow

This interview with Charles Weyerhaeuser moves back in time to reveal the nature of a special family museum and its evolution to the present. It simultaneously offers an intimate view into a now-rarified art and cultural landscape. The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, is anomalous. It is the gift of Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser as a place to house their extensive art collections for the enjoyment of the residents of Duxbury and the public at large. The founders bought and cleared the land, and implemented the architectural design. Unlike other museums existing through the largesse of the donors, this one does not, at the insistence of the founders, bear their names on the marquee. Remarkably, a family member, their son Charles Weyerhaeuser, has been at the helm for nearly forty years. On its large rural campus the museum has become a community-minded center for regional art and the family collections, from Shaker furniture through Asian art, with...

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