American Indian Art Show
A special session for art dealers will answer questions on existing laws and explore new strategies for halting damaging legislation and building bridges with the tribes. The 2016 Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act), was a response to the auctioning of ceremonial objects in Paris, France. STOP would have covered all categories of Native American art and artifacts, created dangerous uncertainties for private owners of a wide range of Indian art, generated consumer confusion damaging legitimate art dealers and tribal artisans, and created a bureaucratic nightmare for the tribes.
A repatriation movement is sweeping through Native American communities and the Indian art market may be a casualty in its path. A panel of legal and dealer experts will discuss how the trade must work together to build a positive public message, encourage good faith measure that benefit both tribal and dealer interests, and prepare to defend the basic right to trade in Indian artifacts.
Art dealers, collectors, and public and private museums will hear the latest on legislation directly affecting their interests at a panel discussion with legal and trade experts. The 2016 Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) was a response to Hopi, Acoma, and Navajo anger sacred and ceremonial items had been sold at auction in Paris, France. STOP was a well-intentioned bill that would have created dangerous uncertainties for private owners of Indian art, and resulted in consumer confusion and a bureaucratic nightmare for the tribes. It was a serious departure from Congress’ intent to preserve scientific and academic access for the public benefit through private collections of Native American cultural objects.
A new 2017 STOP is currently being redrafted that creates the same risks. The panel will discuss the work to ensure that new legislation doesn’t taint entire the Indian art market, harm local economies, and reduce income to tribal artisans. They will explain how tribal art dealers can work together with tribes on voluntary donations of sacred and ceremonial objects, establish positive relationships and explore new paths for communication between tribes and the arts community.