Federal Bar Association

Musings on Museum Administration

As temperatures dip below freezing in some parts of the U.S., Miami is heating up with a coterie of stimulating arts and cultural events. This December find yourself immersed in the world’s largest collective contemporary art fair (Art Basel Miami) where top dealers, collectors, celebrities, museum curators, museum administrators, and art journalists convene. On 12/6/17, the Federal Bar Association is hosting its annual Art Law & Litigation Seminar in the Magic City. It is Miami’s most celebrated and fun time of the year! Register now at http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2017-Art-Law-Litigation-Conference.aspx.

Where do we come from? Where are we going? Museums can provide answers to those questions. They are symbols of heritage, sources of curiosity, learning institutions, and centers of civic pride.  Museums provide recognition of history while offering a window into the future. They tell important stories by collecting, preserving, and interpreting art and historical records. These institutions, large and small, protect more than a billion objects and help communities better understand cultural diversity.

There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums, more than the attendance for all major league sporting events. U.S. cultural institution attendance represents about $21 billion in direct economic activity.  How does the art viewing experience manage to remain successful, secure, and well funded?

Raymond J. Dowd (Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP) will moderate a timely discussion at the 2017 Art Law Seminar on “Issues In Museum Administration.” Panelists Joseph R. Englander (Peretz Chesal & Herrmann, P.L.), M. Thérèse (“Terry”) Vento (Pérez Art Museum), and Ralph G. Wellington (Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP) will addresses legal developments, including analysis of stolen art, tracking and testing provenance, and copyright law.

“Issues In Museum Administration” is a rich feast of the legal questions faced by museums, officers, directors, and practitioners. Attendees will benefit from invaluable advice and guidance on the increasingly complex cultural, social, economical, and technological context of museum administration.

Learn about budgets, strategic planning, marketing, building management, programming, best practices, and human resources. Panelists will review important legal documents, legal and ethical issues, and challenges for the modern museum.

“Issues In Museum Administration” presents a comprehensive and detailed consideration of the principles of museum organization, the ways in which technology can revolutionize the consumption of art, how people work together to accomplish museum objectives, and the ways in which museums can function most effectively.

In an era of globalization, museums are adapting to the new trends by promoting innovations and developing strategic alliances in order to create rewarding experiences. At the upcoming Art Law Seminar, examine case studies and engage in exercises that will help explore achievements in the operation of museums today. Register now at http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2017-Art-Law-Litigation-Conference.aspx.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.