Wednesday, January 21, 2015
AIA St. Louis Chapter President on the Controversy
The AIA St. Louis Society President Michael Fuller has made a forthright statement to the AIA national organization about the issue of deacessioning artifacts and orphans. Unfortunately, while Fuller sought reasonable accommodation on these issues, the AIA's ivory tower academic leadership answered with nothing but ideology and disdain for anyone not of the view that all antiquities should be the exclusive preserve of cultural bureaucrats from such authoritarian and/or dysfunctional countries as China, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy and Turkey and their chosen archaeologists. The shame of it all. The AIA has sadly become little more than a club for out of touch academics more interested in "purity" than common sense.