Thursday 13 February 2014

ACCP Symposia on Reforming US Cultural Policy

The Committee for Cultural Policy is hosting a "Roundtable on the Reform of US Cultural Property Policy, Law and the Public Interest (sic)"  in the afternoon of Wednesday, April 30, 2014. 
Museum and legal specialists will discuss how best to preserve heritage worldwide while enabling the movement of art between nations and cultures and honoring museums’ commitments to research, publish, and exhibit the art of the world.
The discussion will also include comments on that "white paper" by William G. Pearlstein which I have previously discussed here and here. Round tables more conventionally involve people from different fields, here the participants seem to be from just two areas, US museums (Timothy Rub, Timothy Potts, and collector Matthew Polk) and US cultural property lawyers associated with the antiquyities and art trade (Kate FitzGibbon, Michael McCullough and Andrew Adler). Obviously hardly the sort of  line-up one would expect to allow any consensus of views. 

This follows a symposium at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City on April 10, 2014 held in collaboration with the ACCP on the theme of Reform of U.S. Cultural Property Policy: Accountability, Transparency, and Legal Certainty. Perhaps they will discuss the registration of artefacts in private collections which Pearlstein was advocating. 

The place of Arthur Houghton III's Cultural Property Research Institute in all this is unrecorded. He's not even noted as being on any of the panels.

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