Donor Restrictions on Galleries and Museums

Donor Restrictions on Galleries and Museums

Social Sciences Hub
Date: Thursday 18 April 2024
Time: 17:30 - 18:30
Venue: The Hunterian Art Gallery
Category: Conferences, Exhibitions, Academic events, Student events, Alumni events
Speaker: Elena Cooper and Steph Scholten

CREATe (University of Glasgow), The Hunterian and the Institute of Art and Law are delighted to announce their collaboration in convening an in-person event Donor Restrictions on Galleries and Museums, on Thursday 18th April 2024, 5.30-6.30pm, at The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow.

Over drinks, we will celebrate a Special Issue of the Institute of Art and Law’s journal Art Antiquity and Law (general editor Ruth Redmond-Cooper): Donor Restrictions on Galleries and Museums guest-edited by Elena Cooper (CREATe) and Steph Scholten (The Hunterian). The Special Issue was first published in April 2023, but will be made available for free download on the CREATe website in April 2024.

While the formal legal channels for varying donor restrictions are well-known, at this event we explore how scholarly work – particularly legal history – can facilitate the relaxation of donor restrictions in certain circumstances. To illustrate this approach, the painting Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden by James MacNeill Whistler (1834-1903) will be brought out of store and displayed in the main gallery space, which is made possible by the legal history scholarship in the Art Antiquity and Law Special Issue. Could a similar approach be taken to donor restrictions in relation to other paintings held elsewhere?

This event is made possible by funding from the University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange Fund (GKE) for the project: Interpreting Donor Restrictions: Going Beyond Whistler’s ‘Portrait of Lady Eden’.

The event is open to scholars, museum and gallery professionals (and their professional advisers), as well as students, those from claimant communities and those working on aspects of reparative justice relating to the conference themes

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