Who Owns Art? The Holocaust, Ethics, and Cultural Patrimony
A Panel Discussion in Association with the Exhibition Forbidden Art
From stolen antiquities to the Elgin Marbles to Nazi-looted art, returning plunder to its rightful owner is not as straightforward as it may seem, since who the “rightful” owner is often depends on your point of view. Although there are numerous professional and ethical codes for the return of stolen, looted, or confiscated art, contested cultural property continues to be a highly controversial topic for museums and international law today.
Three speakers from three different disciplinary perspectives will make brief presentations on this topic before opening discussion to the audience.
Dora Apel, associate professor of art history at Wayne State University, specializes in modern and contemporary art, photography and visual culture.
Graham Beal, director, president, and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts
Guy Stern, Director of the Harry and Wanda Zekelman International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills
Andrew I. Port, associate professor of modern German history at Wayne State University, will moderate the discussion.
Forbidden Art is free and open to the public at St. Andrew’s on the campus of Wayne State University, 918 Ludington Mall, Detroit, MI 48202. St. Andrew's is on the north-bound M-10/LodgeFwy Service Drive just north of Warren Avenue, between Manoogian Hall and Parking Structure 2. Regular public hours are: Thursdays and Fridays, 11:00–5:00; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4:00; September 7–28.