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Video, Highlights, & Transcript: Washington D.C. Roundtable on Reform

Click to see the full length video of the Washington D.C. Roundtable on Reform: US Cultural Property Policy, Law and the Public Interest, held on April 30, 2014 at the National Press Club.
The Roundtable discussed the need to harmonize conflicting laws that create uncertainty for museums and private collectors, the current failure by government agencies setting cultural policy to abide by Congressional mandate, and measures to address the lack of clear title to hundreds of thousands of art objects in circulation and in museum collections. Museum and legal specialists discussed 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.

Full Washington transcript.

.Highlights of the discussion

Introduction: Dr. Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD 1994-2013, author, educator.
Moderator: Timothy Rub, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, President of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
Panelists: Dr. Timothy Potts, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Polk, President, Historic Textile Research Foundation, Inc.; Co-Founder, Polk Audio, Inc.; Collector
Michael McCullough, Esq., Michael McCullough, LLC, New York, NY
Kate Fitz Gibbon, Esq., Fitz Gibbon Law, Santa Fe, NM
Andrew Adler, Esq., Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The discussion considered and added to the framework for reform developed in the April 10, 2014 Symposium, Reform of U.S. Cultural Property Policy: Accountability, Transparency, and Legal Certainty at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC. These issues are outlined in A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property, by William G. Pearlstein, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Volume 32, Issue 2 (2014).

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