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Apr 5


3:00 PM–5:00 PM


Art, Theft and Restitution

3:00 PM–5:00 PM    Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Roundtable Discussion:

Art, Theft and Restitution

A Roundtable with Ariella Azoulay, Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Brian Wallis, moderated by Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen

To RSVP, please click here. The pivotal Savoy/Sarr report calls for thousands of artworks currently in French museums to be returned to the West African communities from which they were stolen. Museums and collections across the world are currently examining their histories. This roundtable will discuss implications and next steps with Ariella Azoulay (Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Brown University), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy, and Director of the Institute for African Studies, Columbia University) and Brian Wallis (Curator, The Walther Collection), moderated by Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen.

A Conference on the theme of "Restitution" will take place on October 17 and 18 at Columbia University. It is organized by the Institute of African Studies. Felwine Sarr and Benedicte Savoy will both be here with international experts: scholars, curators, artists.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Seminar on Cultural Memory, Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference and Maison Française.

Art, Theft and Restitution