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ICOM-CC Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group - Interim Meeting and Discussion

Friday 03 September 2010 (Categories: Legal Issues in Conservation)

Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group Interim Meeting and Legal Issues Discussion

Monday October 18, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MoMA | The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street ▪ New York, NY

Agenda 9:00-9:30 Bagels and coffee served

9:30-9:45 Greeting and Introductions

9:45-10:30 Presentation The Role of Conservators in the Illicit Art and Antiquities Trade: Responsibilities and Opportunities by Tess Davis, J.D. and Julia Brennan, M.A.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Facilitated discussion and questions led by ICOM-CC-LIC leadership.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Ask the Lawyer and Your Colleagues. Bring your questions and concerns to talk about the legal issues you face, including conversations about photography and contemporary art, with other conservation professionals and Rick St. Hilaire, Esq., CIPM.

Registration Register by October 14, 2010. Contact Gary Mattison at the Getty Museum at or call Rick St. Hilaire toll free at (877) 603-8777.

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Leadership Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq., CIPM, Working Group Coordinator Gary Mattison, Assistant Working Group Coordinator Rebecca Rushfield-Wittert, Assistant Working Group Coordinator


Speaker Biographies Tess Davis is the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She has degrees in both archaeology and law. Hailing from Macon, Georgia, Davis grew up surrounded by a rich cultural heritage, including Native American burial mounds, and Civil War battlefields.

Davis studied archaeology at Boston University, where she became interested in the trafficking of art and antiquities, particularly in Southeast Asia. After graduating magna cum laude — and working three years for the Archaeological Institute of America — she moved to Cambodia to study the illicit trade in the region's cultural property. There she became the Project Coordinator of Heritage Watch, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving cultural resources through research, education, and advocacy. She spearheaded the creation of a cultural property law database and international legal internship program in Cambodia.

Julia M. Brennan has worked in the field of textile conservation for over 25 years. She frequently lectures to historical societies and collector groups on the care and display of textiles. From 2000 to 2008, she led four textile training workshops in Bhutan and helped establish their Textile Museum. In 2005 Ms. Brennan conducted a conservation seminar and mounted a national exhibit of historic 19th century textiles in Madagascar. And in 2007 Ms. Brennan taught the first ever textile conservation workshop at the National Bardo Museum in Algiers. She is currently teaching preventative conservation workshops in Thailand.

Julia Brennan is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and a Director of the Washington Conservation Guild. Her company, Textile Conservation Services, founded in 1996, is based in Washington DC. She received her masters in art crime from ARCA, The Association for Research in Crimes Against Art, 2010.  

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