To Sean O’Harrow, becoming director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art seemed like an opportunity to think outside the box.

“Because, right now, there is no box,” he said.

The building that housed the museum was damaged in June 2008, when the Iowa River rose to record levels, flooding a number of buildings on the Iowa City campus. Employees managed to evacuate most of the 12,4000 items in the art museum’s collection, including a Jackson Pollock mural valued at $140 million.

Now, the museum doesn’t want to move back into its home, designed by the New York architect Max Abramovitz and completed in 1969. Returning the collection to the building “would be irresponsible,” Mr. O’Harrow said.

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