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Art Matters: Protecting Africa’s Cultural Heritage

Thursday, December 6, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Worldwide, the illicit trade in art is on a par with the drugs or arms trades. While Egypt has had laws in place since 1951 to protect its antiquities, making it punishable to export cultural property without a permit, Sub-Saharan African countries are struggling to regulate or prevent the sale of their rich artistic heritage.