The Restitution Debate: African Art in a Global Society
In November 2018, and released a report that had been prepared for the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, entitled This report has set in motion a debate that could have a profound impact on the status of African art held in collections around the world.
During the full-day international symposium, the authors of the report will present their recommendations and reflect on the response that they have received over the past year. A panel of curators, scholars, and cultural entrepreneurs will respond to the issues, which have broad ramifications resonating well beyond Africa and Europe.
(Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles);
(Musée National du Mali, Bamako);
(Institut d’études politiques de Paris);
(Stony Brook University, New York);
(The Museum of Modern Art, New York);
Ciraj Rassool, (University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa);
(Université Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal);
(Technische Universität Berlin; Collège de France);
and (Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Bénin).
(Columbia University) will serve as moderator and philosopher (Université Nationale du Bénin, Cotonou) will act as respondent and lead the final discussion. (Columbia University) will open the symposium.
This event is part of the Academy's
Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Department of Art History, Barnard College
Maison Française, Columbia University
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation