Preventing Looting: What Curators and All Museum Staff Can Do

Judith Pineiro's picture
June 29, 2016
United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Classical Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies


Preventing Looting: What Curators and  All Museum Staff Can Do


AAMC is pleased to be hosting the inaugural In Conversation program, presented by AAMC Foundation & the US committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOMUS).  The discussion will be amongst leading figures involved in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites and artifacts aimed at informing and engaging curators and those interested in their role on ways they can have an impact on this issue.

The discussants include Emily Rafferty, emerita president the Metropolitan Museum of Art who is active with U.N. cultural heritage efforts; Lisa Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund, a leader in preservation efforts around the globe; Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection, museum director and curator whose expertise includes many areas related to cultural heritage; and Edward Bleiberg,Curator, Egyptian, Classical, & Ancient Near Eastern Art; Managing Curator, Ancient Egyptian, African, & Asian Art whose areas of responsibility include many closely involved in present day conflict and looting; and Sandra L. Cobden, SVP, General Counsel, Dispute Resolution & Legal Public Affairs, an expert on legal issues relating to the preserving cultural heritage. Helen C. Evans, President AAMC and AAMC Foundation and Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will moderate the discussion that will address what curators can do regarding cultural preservation in areas of current conflict as well as globally.

The event is hosted by The Frick Collection, NYC.  



AAMC Foundation's regional programming, In-Conversation series, collaborates with AAMC leadership, and prominent voices within local communities for dialogues on pressing issues within the curatorial profession, museum network, and broader visual arts world. Through hosting regional programming AAMC & AAMC Foundation will further our initiatives of advocacy and diversity, connect members in regional areas, and support our overall mission. Each evening series includes a discussion and reception.  

Our current locations tentatively include NYC, June 2016; Boston, September 2016; Washington, DC, October/November 2016; Los Angeles, winter, 2017; and Toronto, summer, 2017. 

Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation In-Conversation Series is generously supported by Christie's 

Contact Info: 

Lucy Lydon
Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation

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