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This was a very stimulating presentation which I thoroughly enjoyed and found thought provoking.
This tour and lecture were amazing. It touched on things that I had no information or education about, especially related to the connection between the growth of museums and colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s interested in repatriation and how the world begins to address some of the historical facts that left many people and cultures damaged.
In one hour, plus question time, Gassett managed to cover the gamut of the history of repatriations, from ancient times to this year, and across all continents. I came to understand a lot about museums that I never knew and hadn’t thought of before. He has his perspective, but was careful to explain both sides of any controversies. A good mix of photos, artifacts, video, and text.
Anthropologist David Gassett presented a wonderful multi-faceted lecture which asked the audience to consider the history of museums and the organization of their holdings, cultural and philosophical attitudes toward art objects in time of occupation or war, and finally the long & sad history of reparations of objects taken from their homeland. He offered 3 examples : The Parthenon (NOT Elgin)Marbles, The Benin bronzes and Ivory objects, and the case of the Teikweidi Totem Pole.
The talk was thoughtful and well organized with excellent visuals....all in all I want to hear more from this speaker !
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