NYU School of Professional Studies to Host Annual Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium, Nov. 1-3

Leading Authorities from the FBI, Art Specialists from Museum and Auction Houses, and National and International Scholars and Attorneys Will Discuss Fakes and Forgeries, Art Theft, and Scams

NEW YORK, October 20, 2016 – The art world’s unregulated transactions and lack of transparency, combined with political instability and skyrocketing demand from the art market, continues to fuel art crime. The increasing trend of trafficking in stolen, looted, and fraudulent art challenges the legal system, artists’ legacies, and our cultural heritage.

To address the enormity of this global phenomenon, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Applied Liberal Arts will present the three-day Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium on November 1-3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the NYU Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street. The Symposium will focus on a major policy issue on each of the three days: Theft and Fraud; Looting and Spoliation; and Fakes and Forgeries.

Organized by cofounders Jane C.H. Jacob of Art Vérité and Jacob Fine Art, and Alice Farren-Bradley of the Museum Security Network, this year’s NYUSPS Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium brings together experts from major museums and auction houses, the NYU School of Law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as independent world-class scholars and authors, art crime attorneys, forensic scientists, and other major players working to address art crime worldwide.

Topics include: the history 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. Among the highlights: “Behind the Scenes: What the Panama Papers Mean for the Art World,” “The Cautionary Tale of Knoedler & Co,” “The Sound of Silence: Musical Instrument Theft and Fraud,” “Protecting Cultural Heritage through Technology,” and “The Forger’s Apprentice.” Each day will end with a panel discussion covering recent initiatives and possible solutions, led by the Symposium organizers.


Participants include:

  • Amr Al Azm, Associate Professor, History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University; Founder and Board Member, The Day After Project (TDA)
  • Perry M. Amsellem, Partner, Pryor Cashman
  • Jake Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter; International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Curator, The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
  • Gregory A. Clarick, Partner, Clarick Gueron Reisbaum
  • MaryKate Cleary, Independent Scholar, Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act
  • Sherri Cohen, Esq., Director, Trusts and Estates, Bonhams New York
  • Jonathan H. F. Crystal, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Crystal & Company
  • Michael Danti, Principal Investigator and Academic Director, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tess Davis, Attorney and Archaeologist; Executive Director, The Antiquities Coalition
  • Alice Farren-Bradley, Moderator, Museum Security Network
  • Jason Felch, Investigative Reporter; Author, Chasing Aphrodite
  • Ron Fiamma, Global Head of Private Collections, AIG Private Client Group
  • Christiane Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Art Americas Corporation
  • Mark Forgy, author, The Forger’s Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist
  • Leslie Ransick Gat, Principal Objects Conservator and President, Art Conservation Group
  • Allan Gerson, Chairman, AG International Law
  • Judd Grossman, Founder and Managing Partner, Grossman
  • Rick St. Hilaire, Attorney; Executive Director, Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research
  • Jane C.H. Jacob, Managing Director, Art Vérité; President, Jacob Fine Art
  • Lawrence M. Kaye, Partner and Cochair, Art Law Group, Herrick Feinstein
  • Christopher Marinello, Attorney and Director, Art Recovery Group
  • James Martin, Founder and Principal, Orion Analytical
  • Marc Masurovsky, Cofounder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP)
  • Christopher McKeogh, Special Agent, Art Crime Team, FBI New York
  • Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil, Attorney and Lecturer in Art History, Stanford University
  • Brianna Nofil, Historian, Columbia University
  • Judy Pearson, Executive Vice President, Mark Edward Partners
  • Bruno Price, Cofounder, Rare Violins of New York
  • Jason Price, Cofounder and Director, Tarisio
  • Jake Purcell, Medievalist, Columbia University
  • Kevin Ray, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
  • Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator of Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Christopher Robinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Wendy Salmond, Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Chapman University
  • Meridith A. Savona, Special Agent, Art Crime Team, FBI New York
  • Carla Shapreau, Lecturer, School of Law; Curator, Salz Collection of Stringed Instruments; and Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Steven Thomas, Partner and Head of the Art Law Practice Group, Irell & Manella LLP; Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law
  • Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director, The Modigliani Project
  • Marc Weber, Partner, LANTER, Attorneys and Tax Advisors, Zurich

For additional information on the symposium, including fees and registration, visit sps.nyu.edu/humanities/artcrime, call 212-998-7289, or email sps.libarts@nyu.edu.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.