NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies to present “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art,” a Three-Day Symposium, June 4-6

Participants Include Sotheby’s Senior VP and Worldwide Head Lucian Simmons, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Security Director Anthony Amore, and ARTnews Editor and Publisher Milton Esterow

NEW YORK, March 10, 2014 – According to the U.S. Department of Justice, art crime is the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. The increase in international art transactions has incubated a booming market for stolen and fraudulent art, and major U.S. arts institutions continue to grapple with repatriation of stolen or looted objects in their collections.

To address the enormity of this global trend, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) will present a three-day symposium, “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art,” on June 4-6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will take place at NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Lipton Hall.

Co-organized by Jane C.H. Jacob, art historian and provenance research expert, Jacob Fine Art, Inc.; Chris Marinello, director and founder, Art Recovery International; and Alice Farren-Bradley, moderator, Museum Security Network, this forum will bring together professionals from major museums and auction houses; art crime attorneys; experts from the NYU School of Law, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee; independent scholars and authors; art crime victims; forensic scientists; and other individuals who are working to develop solutions for this worldwide issue.

Topics include art theft and gallery scams, misappropriated use of work, looting and cultural repatriation, fakes and forgeries, art market drivers, insurance fraud, scientific and forensic approaches, provenance research, issues facing auction houses and purchasers, and current case studies.

Symposium participants include:

  • Amy Adler, Emily Kempin professor of Law, NYU School of Law
  • Anthony Amore, director of Security, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; co-author, Stealing Rembrandts
  • Evan T. Barr, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, U.S. v. An Antique Platter of Gold
  • Judith Benderson, FBI Art Crime Team
  • John Cahill, attorney and partner, Lynn & Cahill, LLP; chair, Art Law Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • MaryKate Cleary, collections specialist, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, art collector and advisor
  • Ray Dowd, partner, Dunnington Bartholomew & Miller LLP
  • Milton Esterow, editor and publisher, ARTnews; art crime expert
  • Jack Flam, president and CEO, The Dedalus Foundation
  • Patty Gerstenblith, director, Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University; chair, President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee
  • Robert Goldman, Robert E. Goldman LLC
  • Salomon Grimberg, author, Frida Kahlo Catalogue Raisonné
  • Scott Hodes, senior counsel, Bryan Cave, LLP
  • Thomas Kline, of counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, program manager, FBI Art Theft Program
  • James Martin, principal, Orion Analytical, LLC
  • James McAndrew, forensic specialist, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP; former senior special agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Michael McCullough, counsel  and founder, Michael McCullough LLC
  • David McFadden, retired chief curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Joe Medeiros, director and writer, Mona Lisa Is Missing
  • Justine Medeiros, producer, Mona Lisa Is Missing
  • Judith Pearson, president, ARIS Corporation, the leading insurance company serving the art market, which developed the field of art title insurance
  • Steven Pincus, managing partner, DeWitt Stern Group
  • Christopher Robinson, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Marianne Rosenberg, lawyer and granddaughter of Paul Rosenberg, one of the world's leading dealers in modern art prior to World War II; working to recover family art looted by the Nazis
  • Lucian Simmons, senior vice president and worldwide head, Restitution Department, Sotheby's New York
  • Lawrence Steigrad, Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts
  • Geza von Habsburg, internationally renowned author and authority on antiquities and Fabergé
  • Yuri Yanchyshyn, proprietor and head of studio, Period Furniture Conservation, LLC

The full symposium fee is $955; single-day fee is $350. For members of the Appraisers Association of America and the New York State Bar Association and NYU students, the fees are $900 and $300 respectively. The symposium provides eight CLE units, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information, please call (212) 998-7289. To register, visit scps.nyu.edu/humanities/artcrime.

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