The LA Times reports that James Cuno has been named as the President and CEO of the Getty Trust. See
Cuno, a seasoned museum professional, has criticised the cultural nationalism of source countries and their allies in the archaeological community in a series of lectures, articles and books. In return, archaeologists have criticised Cuno, alleging his views are neo-imperialist in nature.
When queried about the issue by the LA Times, Cuno was philosophical:
In terms of my criticism of cultural property laws, I think reasonable people can disagree on these matters, and I very much look forward to engaging in conversations with colleagues around the world. I think we are all seeking the same thing: to preserve the objects of antiquity and broaden public and scholarly access to them.
Though no change is expected in the Getty's stringent acquisition policies, Cuno's appointment may suggest a new determination to get tough with Italy, whose demands for repatriation have seemingly escalated despite the Getty's efforts to seek accomodation.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
James Cuno to Getty
Posted by Cultural Property Observer at 5:34 AM
Labels: Italy, James Cuno, Museums, Nationalism, Repatriation
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