Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents this year’s Ruth K. Franklin Symposium on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, "Cultural Heritage and African Art: Negotiating the Rise of Ethical and Legal Collecting Concerns."
In recent decades, the media and academic circles have given great attention to the protection of cultural property from looting and the sale and collection of archaeological materials. More recently, collectors, scholars, and curators of African art have been increasingly confronted with ethical dilemmas and legal ambiguities in the collection of non-archaeological arts from Africa. This daylong symposium focuses on identifying the ideological concerns and practical solutions surrounding the legal and ethical considerations of collecting African art made primarily over the last 500 years. Speakers include specialists on issues of art and cultural patrimony.
9:30-10 am: Coffee and registration
10 am–noon: Morning Panel
John and Jill Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center
Opening Remarks and Introductions
Barbara Thompson, PhD
Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Cantor Arts Center
Whose Heritage? Art History in Modern African Art Consumption
Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
The Natural Flow of Art and Ideas
Kate Fitz Gibbon, JD
Attorney, Kate Fitz Gibbon Law Office, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Using Cultural Justice to Promote Respect and Access as Museums Enter the Digital Age
Derek Fincham, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor, South Texas College of Law, Houston
Noon-2 pm: Lunch break (non-hosted lunch)
NOTE: from 1:30–1:55 Barbara Thompson, Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, will give a brief walkthrough of the Arts of Africa galleries highlighting relevant ethical and legal collecting issues. Meet in the gallery.
2–4:30 pm: Afternoon panel
Reconnecting and Re-contextualizing: Inserting the Sacred into Contemporary Practice of Art in Kenya
George Okello Abungu, PhD
Founding Director, Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants, Nairobi, Kenya
Who Owns Africa’s Cultural Heritage? Museums, African Cultural Patrimony and the Issue of Restitution
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Roundtable discussion, Q&A (all panelists), moderated by
John Henry Merryman, JD, JSD
Professor of Law, Emeritus and Affiliated Professor, Emeritus, Department of Art, Stanford University
This program is made possible by the endowed Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund.