Center for Art Law Guided Tour and Talk; The Missing: Rebuilding the Past
Wed, January 27, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Speaker: Dr. Erin Thompson
The Missing: Rebuilding the Past is the first exhibit to showcase the efforts of artists and scholars to resist the destruction of the past through creative and innovative reactions, protests, and reconstructions. Professor Thompson, co-curator of the exhibit will talk about the works, in a variety of media – photography, drawing, video, 3D printing – which explore the destruction of art at many historical moments, from ancient Greece to World War II to the present. ISIS’ destruction of cultural property is meant to show its power through convincing its audience of the West’s helpless impotence to protect the artworks Westerners love. But the artists and scholars of The Missing show that this is a false message – that there are many ways, from the creative to the technical, in which they and we can help fight ISIS’ message by making the destroyed past live again. About Dr. Erin Thompson. Erin Thompson studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. Currently, she is researching the ways in which terrorist groups sell and destroy antiquities in order to support their genocidal campaigns. She has discussed art crime topics in The New York Times and on CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera America, and the Freakonomics podcast. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors, (Yale U. Press) is forthcoming in January 2016.