NYU School of Professional Studies to Host Symposium on “Art Crime and Cultural Heritage: Fakes, Forgeries, and Looted and Stolen Art,” June 4-6

Participants include T/4 Sgt. Harry Ettlinger, who served as one of the World War II’s Monuments Men; Senator Betty Little (R-NY 45); and Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, FBI Program Manager of Art Theft

NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 — Art crime ranks as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The increase in international art transactions has incubated a booming market for stolen and fraudulent art, and major U.S. arts institutions still grapple with repatriation of stolen or looted objects in their collections.

To address the magnitude of this global trend, the NYU School of Professional Studies 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, Lipton Hall, at 108 West Third St. The Symposium will focus on a major policy issue each of the three days: Theft and Fraud; Looting and Spoliation; and Fakes and Forgeries.

Co-organized by the School’s Division of Languages and Humanities, together with Jane C.H. Jacob, art historian and provenance research expert and president, Jacob Fine Art, Inc.; Christopher A. Marinello, director and founder, Art Recovery Group; and Alice Farren-Bradley, Museum Security Network, the Symposium brings together experts from major museums and auction houses, the NYU School of Law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, UNESCO, the Jewish Claims Conference, as well as independent scholars and authors, art crime victims, art crime attorneys, forensic scientists, and other major players working to address art crime worldwide.

Topics to be addressed include major instances of fakes and forgeries, insurance fraud, art theft and art scams, scientific and forensic approaches, provenance research, cultural repatriation, issues facing auction houses and purchasers, and current case studies.

Participants include:

Amy M. Adler, Emily Kempin Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Amr Al Azm, Associate Professor, Middle East History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University; Former Director, Scientific and Conservation Laboratories, General Department of Antiquities and Museums, Syria

W. Graham Arader, III, Founder & Owner, Arader Galleries; specializes in antique works on paper, paintings, and rare books

Jordan Arnold, Managing Director and Head of Art Risk Advisory at K2 Intelligence; former art crime prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Doreen Bolger, Director, Baltimore Museum of Art; oversaw the return of the stolen Renoir painting, Paysage bords de Seine, to the museum’s collection in 2014

James Butterwick, Founder & Owner, Butterwick Gallery LLC; specializes in Russian avant-garde

John R. Cahill, Attorney, Cahill Partners LLP; formerly General Counsel, Phillips de Pury & Co.

Tim Carpenter, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); involved in the largest restitution case of Native American artifacts in the United States, recovering 5,000 objects to date

William L Charron, Partner and Co-Chair of Art Law Practice, Pryor Cashman LLP

Pierre Ciric, Founder, The Ciric Law Firm PLLC; Co-founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP)

MaryKate Cleary, Collection Specialist, Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art; Adjunct Instructor, NYU School of Professional Studies

Sandra L. Cobden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Christie’s Inc.

Michael Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University; Academic Director, ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative

Marla J. Diaz, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston, LLP; General Counsel, Baltimore Museum of Art; lead attorney in the negotiation for the return of Paysage bords de Seine to the Baltimore Museum of Art

T/4 Sgt. Harry L. Ettlinger, served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program in World War II, better known as the Monuments Men; Author of Ein Amerikaner: Anecdotes from the Life of Harry Ettlinger

Alice Farren-Bradley, Director of Claims & Recoveries, Art Recovery Group Ltd; Co-founder, NYUSPS Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium; Moderator, Museum Security Network

Wesley A. Fisher, Director of Research, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Executive Director, Victim List Project of the Swiss Banks Settlement

Sharon Flescher, Executive Director, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR); Editor-in-Chief, IFAR Journal

Megan Fontanella, Associate Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Karl Geercken, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP; counsel for Leopold Museum, Vienna, in the Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally case

David B. Goldstein, Attorney, Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, PC; Co-author of Creating an Equitable Balance Between the Rights of Former Owners and Good Faith Purchasers of Stolen Art; litigator in disputes over artworks, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright infringement

Patricia J. Graham, Founder, Asian Art Research & Appraisals; Research Associate, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas; Author, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, & Culture

Judd B. Grossman, Founder and Managing Partner, Grossman LLP

Peter Herdrich, Founding Partner, The Heritas Group; Former CEO, Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

Simon Hornby, President, Art Services, Crozier Fine Arts, Inc.

Jonathan Illari, Vice President and General Counsel, Auctionata; Former Counsel, Bonhams

Jane C.H. Jacob, President, Jacob Fine Art, Inc.; Co-founder, NYUSPS Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium

Mari-Claudia Jiménez, Partner, Art Law Practice, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Holly Keris, Chief Curator, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Jane A. Levine, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Director of Compliance, Sotheby’s

Betty Little, New York State Senator (R-NY 45); sponsor of amendment to the New York Arts & Cultural Affairs Law enhancing protections for art authenticators

Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, Program Manager of Art Theft, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Christopher A. Marinello, CEO & Founder, Art Recovery Group Ltd; Co-founder, NYUSPS Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium

James Martin, Principal, Orion Analytical, LLC; Adjunct Instructor, NYU School of Professional Studies

James E. McAndrew, Forensic Specialist, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP

Eleonora Nagy, Conservator, Modern and Contemporary Sculpture; Owner, Modern Sculpture Conservation LLC; Conservator, Three-Dimensional Works of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art; Member, Advisory Committee for Conservation and Restoration (ACCR), Judd Foundation

Megan E. Noh, Assistant General Counsel, Bonhams; supports all U.S. specialist and business departments, with a particular emphasis on the day-to-day needs of the New York office, including claims, transactional, and compliance work

Francis V. O'Connor, Art Historian, Jackson Pollock scholar, and lead author of Jackson Pollock: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Drawings and Other Works

Nicholas M. O'Donnell, Litigation Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Editor, Art Law Report

Judith L. Pearson, President and Director, ARIS Title Insurance Corporation

Ken Perenyi, Renowned art forger whose works have passed through major auction houses and galleries in New York and London as original works; author of Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

Edouard Planche, Programme Specialist, Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section, UNESCO

Kevin P. Ray, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; practices art and cultural heritage law and financial services

Christopher J. Robinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; practices intellectual property and art law

Laurie Rush, Archaeologist, U.S. Army; Board Member, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

Meredith Savona, Special Agent, National Stolen Art File and Art Crime Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Steven R. Schindler, Founder and Partner, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP; Faculty Member, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York

Colleen St Onge, Cultural Repatriation Assistant, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Spencer Tomkins, President, Spencer Tomkins Fine Art, Inc.; art consultant with over 25 years of experience in the international art market working with private and corporate collectors; specializes in American and European post-war and contemporary art

Mel Urbach, Esq., Attorney, Klein & Solomon, LLP, New York, NY; represents the heirs of Alfred Flechtheim and is a pioneer in art restitution; negotiated return of Kokoschka painting and other work.

For additional information on the Symposium, please call (212) 998-7289 or e-mail sps.libarts@nyu.edu. To register, visit sps.nyu.edu/humanities/artcrime.

Members of the press interested in attending the Symposium should contact: Alka Gupta at
212-998-7263/aag13@nyu.edu or Cheryl Feliciano at 212-992-9103/cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu.                      

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