On October 27, 2011, Maxwell L. Anderson, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, moderated a panel on the complex issues surrounding the protection of cultural heritage. Each of the five panelists listed below in order of their appearance gave a presentation, and these were followed by a group discussion and questions and answers from the audience. The panel was organized by the AFA in association with the Institute of Fine Arts–New York University and the Association of Art Museum Directors with generous funding from Michael H. Steinhardt, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation, and the Hazen Polsky Foundation, Inc.
Patty Gerstenblith: Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University College of Law; and Chairman of the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC)
Elizabeth Bartman: President of the Archaeological Institute of America and an independent scholar
Dan L. Monroe: Executive Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum and President of the Association of Art Museum Directors
David O’Connor: Deputy Director and Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts–New York University and Co-Director of Yale University-University of Pennsylvania-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Excavations at Abydos
Jerry Podany: Head of the Department of Antiquities Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum and President of the International Institute for Conservation
2:49 Introductory Remarks by Maxwell L. Anderson
8:34 Patty Gerstenblith discusses the law, policy, and international loan exchanges as they relate to the international movement and exchange of archaeological objects.
22:13 Elizabeth Bartman examines how archaeology can be integrated into the museum through the documentation of context.
41:19 Dan L. Monroe addresses the necessity of open conversation between the worlds of the museum and of archaeology, as regards the protection of archaeological heritage.
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