Art League Lecture: Beyond the Elgin Marbles: The Cultural Property Debate

Dates: Wed Nov 14, 12

Time: 10:00am

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Kalamazoo, MI

(269) 349-7775

Jenifer Neils, Ph.D. will address the ethical and legal issues that ensue when museums acquire art and antiquities that are part of another country's cultural heritage. Citing recent controversies encountered by museums, Neils will discuss the importance of research, authentication and purchasing from reputable art dealers.

Free for Art League Members/$10 KIA Members/$12 general admission/$3 students with valid college ID.

In addition to teaching classical art and archaeology at CWRU since 1980, Neils has guest-curated two major international loan exhibitions: "Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens" (1992), and "Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past" (2003), and edited and co-authored their catalogues. Her most recent books are The Parthenon Frieze (Cambridge University Press 2001), The Parthenon From Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge 2005), and The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece (London and Ann Arbor 2008). Neils has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a resident of the American Academy in Rome, and Fellow at the Getty Research Institute. For six years she was on the curatorial staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she organized numerous exhibitions and wrote the second volume of its catalogue of Greek vases. She is also a field archaeologist and has worked at Torone in northern Greece, as well as three sites (Murlo, Poggio Colla and Morgantina) in Italy. Her current research projects include the publication of imported Greek pottery in Archaic Sicily and a second book for the British Museum on women in antiquity. She currently serves as Vice-President for Publications of the Archaeological Institute of America and an area editor for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Jenifer Neils

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