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Conference on Dresden

From: Patrick Vega <patrickvega<-a>
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2005
Initiatives in Art and Culture
New York University
Strategies for the Future of Culture: Dresden in Global Context
A Conference in Dresden, Germany
October 27-29, 2005

Enrollment Is Limited; Registration form, schedule, travel
information, etc, can be downloaded at:

Entitled Strategies for the Future of Culture: Dresden in Global
Context, this major conference takes place in a city celebrated for
its historic architecture and home to the Church of Our Lady, to be
reconsecrated on October 30, 2005 following one of the major
restoration projects of our era. Drawing from and celebrating
Dresden, this conference will examine how cultural creation,
display, and preservation will evolve in the 21st century.

Overarching themes include the impact of terrorism, increasing
urbanism, political instability, and ecological disasters on
cultural institutions and on the creation of new artistic works in
all fields and media. Equal scrutiny will be given to legal issues:
preventing looting; legal ownership of objects or sites versus the
notion of stewardship; and the inevitable legal ramifications and
effects on cultural heritage of the increased cost of protecting
cultural property.

Speakers will address issues related to the presentation of the arts
to a diverse public, the preservation of objects, sites, and other
forms of cultural expression for future generations, and, in both
general and specific senses, the future of culture and the creation
of art. Particular attention will be paid to the sensitivities
involved in different approaches to the preservation and display of
cultural and artistic works, and to the complex relationship between
presentation and audience reaction. Last, mindful of the unequal
distribution of resources for the creation, perpetuation and
preservation of the arts, we will also consider the development of
sustainable solutions to this challenging problem.

Among those who have agreed to participate: contemporary painter,
Ross Bleckner whose work employs visual metaphors to address memory
and history; Neil Brodie, who heads the Illicit Antiquities Research
Center at Cambridge University's McDonald Institute; the attorney
Lawrence Kaye, who has argued regarding cultural repatriation and
antiquities before the U.S. Supreme Court; Constance Lowenthal,
former  Director, Commission for Art Recovery, World Jewish Congress
(1998 - 2001) and Executive Director, International Foundation for
Art Research [IFAR] (1985 - 1998); architect Richard Gluckman, whose
commissions include the Guggenheim in Berlin; Peter Kulka,
architect; his work includes German Horticultural Museum, Erfurt
(2000); restoring the former University Tower, Leipzig-Zentrum; and
the Hygiene Museum, Dresden; Brian Michael Jenkins, who is Senior
Advisor to the President of RAND; Paul LeClerc, President, The New
York Public Library; filmmaker and three-time Academy award Mark
Jonathan Harris; Gilles Peress, photographer and a member of Magnum
Photos whose photographs are in the collections of The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale;
Godfrey Reggio, who produced and directed the Squatsi series of
films with music by Philip Glass; Mervin Richard, Deputy Head of
Conservation, the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Martin Roth,
Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections; John Malcolm
Russell, Chairman of the Critical Studies Department, a professor of
art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and a member of the
UNESCO cultural mission to Iraq in May 2003, and, until June 2004,
Deputy Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Culture for the Coalition
Provisional Authority in Iraq; Dorit Straus, vice president and
Worldwide Fine Art Specialty Manager, Chubb Group of Insurance
Companies where she is responsible for fine art strategy and
underwriting; Christoph Martin Vogtherr, curator of French and
Italian paintings, Stiftung Preussische Schlosser und Garten B
erlin-Brandenburg / Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation
Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam (Germany); and John Sanday, one of the
leading conservation architects in Asia who serves as Field Director
for The Upper Mustang Cultural Heritage Conservation Project and for
the Preah Khan Conservation Project in Angkor, Cambodia, and as
project adviser to Chinese authorities and the China Heritage Fund
regarding reconstruction of the Western Garden Complex in the
Imperial Palace, Beijing.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:9
                  Distributed: Friday, August 12, 2005
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Received on Thursday, 28 July, 2005

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