Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium

1–3 November, 2016
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, New York

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) currently ranks art crime as 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 US arts institutions still grapple with repatriation of stolen or looted objects in their collections. Co-organized by Jane C.H. Jacob, art historian and provenance research expert, Jacob Fine Art, Inc., Chris 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 US Department of Homeland Security, and the President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee, 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.

Join us and learn about the legal, forensic, governmental, and political strategies being employed to address the enormity of this global phenomenon. 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.

CLE units and financial aid are available for those who qualify. Attorneys attending the symposium can earn 16 CLEs in Professional Practice: 6.5 CLEs (November 1), 6.5 CLEs (November 2), and 3.0 CLEs (November 3). CLEs are transitional.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m.−6:00 p.m.
Theft and Fraud

Opening Remarks
Alice Farren-Bradley, Moderator, Museum Security Network; Associate Director of Recoveries, Art Recovery International
Jane C.H. Jacob, President, Jacob Fine Art

Keynote: Insuring Art Against Theft/Protecting the Business That Protects the Art Trade
Christiane Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Art Americas Corporation

Dialogue: Behind the Scenes: What the Panama Papers Mean for the Art World
Moderator: Jake Bernstein, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Lawrence M. Kaye, Partner and Cochair, Art Law Group, Herrick Feinstein LLP

Panel: Case Studies: Tracing Provenance of Stolen Art
Moderator: Judd Grossman, Founder and Managing Partner, Grossman LLP
Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator of Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jonathan Crystal, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Crystal & Company

Panel: The Many Faces of Art Fraud
Moderator: Christopher Robinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Judy Pearson, President, Breckenridge Private Asset Management Group
Chris McKeogh, Special Agent, Art Crime Team, FBI New York

Panel: The Sound of Silence: Musical Instrument Theft and Fraud
Moderator/Speaker: Carla Shapreau, Lecturer, School of Law; Curator, Salz Collection of Stringed Instruments; and Senior Fellow, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Bruno Price, Cofounder, Rare Violins of New York
Jason Price, Cofounder and Director, Tarisio

Panel: Theft and Fraud: Discussions and Possible Solutions
Moderator: Chris Marinello, Attorney; CEO and Director, Art Recovery International
Ron Fiamma, Global Head of Private Collections, AIG Private Client Group
Sherri Cohen, Esq., Director, Trusts and Estates, Bonhams New York


Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.−6:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Alice Farren-Bradley, Moderator, Museum Security Network; Associate Director of Recoveries, Art Recovery International
Jane C.H. Jacob, President, Jacob Fine Art

Keynote: Profiting from Looting: The Destruction of Culture
Allan Gerson, Chairman, AG International Law

Discussion: Sacrificing the Sacred to Conquer a Nation
Moderator: Jason Felch, Author and Journalist
Wendy Salmond, Professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University
Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Law School

Panel: Protecting Cultural Heritage Through Technology
Moderator: Rick St. Hilaire, Attorney; Executive Director, Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research
Amr Al Azm, Associate Professor, History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University
Michael Danti, Assistant Professor, Archaeology, Boston University; Archaeologist who advises the US State Department on smuggled antiquities

Panel: Case Studies: Architecture to Artifacts
Moderator: Marc Weber, Lanter Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich
Brianna Nofil, Historian, Columbia University
Jake Purcell, Medievalist, Columbia University

Panel: Looted Cultural Property: Discussions and Possible Solutions
Moderator: Alice Farren-Bradley, Moderator, Museum Security Network; Associate Director of Recoveries, Art Recovery International
MaryKate Cleary, Independent Scholar, Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act
Tess Davis, Attorney; Executive Director, The Antiquities Coalition
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:00 a.m.−6:00 p.m.
Fakes and Forgeries

Opening Remarks
Jane C.H. Jacob, President, Jacob Fine Art
Keynote: The Forger’s Apprentice
Mark Forgy, author (Elmyr de Hory’s apprentice)

Conversation: The Operating Roles of Art Forgers in Art Crime: The Aftermath of Art Forgery
Moderator: Kevin Ray, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig LLP
James Wynne, Director, K2 Intelligence; FBI Consultant

Panel: A New Phase in Modigliani Studies
Moderator: Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director, The Modigliani Project
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Curator, The Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Marc Masurovsky, Cofounder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP); Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States

Discussion: Case Study: The Cautionary Tale of Knoedler & Co.
Moderator: Gregory A. Clarick, Partner, Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP
Perry M. Amsellem, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP
Steven Thomas, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP
Meridith A. Savona, Special Agent, Art Crime Team, FBI New York

Panel: Fakes and Forgeries: Discussions and Possible Solutions
Moderator: Jane C.H. Jacob, President, Jacob Fine Art
Leslie Ransick Gat, Principal Objects Conservator, Art Conservation Group
James Martin, Principal, Orion Analytical