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Achieving the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts
09 May - 14 May, 2008
(Session 453)
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Michael Conforti (Co-Chair) - Director, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; President-elect, American Association of Museum Directors
Neil MacGregor (Co-Chair) - Director, British Museum, London
Maxwell Anderson - The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Idle Farah - Director General, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Yves le Fur - Deputy Director Responsible for Permanent Collections, Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Laurent Lévi-Strauss - Chief of the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects, UNESCO, Paris
John Mack - Professor, Department of World Studies and Museology, East Anglia University, Norwich
Ilber Ortayli - Director, Topkapi Museum, Istanbul
Norman Palmer - Visiting Professor of Law, King's College London; Chair, Treasure Valuation Committee
Anne-Imelda Radice - Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
Kavita Singh - Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Additional Session Support:
Steve Pulimood (Resource Specialist) - Steve Pulimood is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at Oxford University, where he is writing his thesis on Renaissance Intellectual History. He has served both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in ...

Museums around the world are guardians of the cultural and artistic achievements of humankind. By providing people with the opportunity to experience cultural objects and art, museums foster not only an appreciation of aesthetic beauty and human inventiveness, but also promote mutual understanding of histories and culture among the diverse peoples of the world. Things can change the way people think about others and about the world. Granting public access to our common cultural legacy and to precious artworks is therefore a crucial responsibility of museums around the world, as are efforts to increase loans of precious artworks among institutions in different countries to ensure that a maximum number of people may have the opportunity to experience and appreciate them.

This session is aimed at building consensus among cultural authorities and museum representatives from around the world on ways to overcome legal, political, and practical obstacles to the circulation of cultural objects-including, but not limited to-those which have been transferred from one country to another in known or unknown circumstances in the distant or more recent past. Participants will work together to identify and assess new and better ways to promote the sharing of art and artifacts - from virtual access via "Second Life" to strategies for significantly expanding loan programs worldwide.

This session is made possibly by a generous grant from The Edward T. Cone Foundation.

Session Faculty

Norman Palmer
Anne-Imelda Radice

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