Wednesday, May 27, 2015

From Murder to Museums: Recent Cases and Ethical Considerations in Nazi Looted Art

Museums have recently been criticized by the Jewish Claims Conference in a report here for ethical lapses: promising to, yet failing to research their collections and to coordinate and promote research into the provenance of their collections.  The report conclude that Nazi looted art in museum collections has still not been identified or researched, much less returned.   Are museums are simply waiting for the last Holocaust victims to die before publishing research on their collections?  ISIS finances itself by looting antiquities.  How can we stop museums from creating a market for these spoils?

If you care about the history and future of American museums, I hope that you will please join Judge Barbara Jaffe and me for this wonderful event at New York County Lawyers' Association on June 16.

  For more information and to register: 

Location: New York County Lawyers' Association 2nd Floor Auditorium, 14 Vesey Street
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM
Member Price:   $50
Non-Member Attorney Price:   $75

Course ID: C061615
Credits: 2 NJ Credits: 1 Ethics; 1 General
2 NY Credits: 1 Ethics; 1 PP; Transitional and Non-transitional
Course Description:
While much attention has been given to the resolution of the case surrounding the Woman in Gold portrait, learn the facts and ethical considerations behind the current pending controversies regarding artworks looted by Nazi Germany, including Camille Pissarro’s “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” currently residing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma and Egon Schiele’s “Girl With Black Hair,” currently at Oberlin College.

This fascinating discussion will look at the law, the history and the ethical considerations involved in the still unfolding cases resulting from the unfinished business of World War II.

Faculty: Raymond Dowd, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; Hon. Barbara Jaffe, Acting Justice, Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District, New York, NY
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

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