The symposium “Looted Art and Postcolonial Justice: Decolonizing the Art Museum,” hosted by the California State University, Sacramento Art Department, will delve into repatriation struggles across the globe. From the infamous museum scene in the film Black Panther to the plans for a new Museum of West African Art in Nigeria, recent calls for repatriation have put museums under greater public scrutiny.
Speakers Dr. Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba (Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art, New Orleans Museum of Art) and Dr. Boreth Ly (Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz) will focus on artworks from West Africa, Cambodia, and beyond that have been at the center of repatriation struggles. The lively discussion will ask: what should museums do with looted art objects? How do we reimagine these profoundly colonial institutions?
The event is sponsored by the CSU Sacramento College of Arts and Letters and the OneWorld Initiative.
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