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Policing Borders and Protecting Artifacts: James Cuno’s Interview for the Antiquities Coalition

November 17, 2015

James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which operates such programs as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute, gave an interview to the Antiquities Coalition during the September 24 “Culture Under Threat: Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing” forum in New York. In this video, Cuno iterates the imperative to police borders and sites through on-the-ground security forces such as the United Nations’ Blue Helmets, and to distribute the risk posed to conflict antiquities by instituting a system of partage and safe-harbor zones such as universities and museums. James Cuno has served in his current capacity at the J. Paul Getty Trust since 2011, and is a former director of the Harvard Art Museums, the Courtauld Institute, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds an A.M. and a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and an M.A. from the University of Oregon.