James writes:

I will be speaking before the New York County Lawyers Association tomorrow as part of a day-long symposium on art litigation. My panel is third, titled "Coloring Within the Lines: Governmental (and other) Restrictions on Artistic Expression." The Honorable Barbara Jaffe, Supreme Court of the State of New York, will moderate. Dr. Steven Dubin, Professor at Columbia University, and Leonard Koerner, from the Appeals Division of the NYC Law Department, will be my co-panelists.

My particular subject will be recent developments in deaccessioning policy--the removal of art from a museum's permanent collection (usually through an auction sale). Of interest is a now tabled bill brought before the New York Assembly to legislate museum deaccessioning policy. Here is a quick checklist of relevant articles that I have collected on the subject:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to the deaccessioning of property by collecting institutions; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto (2009 NY Assembly Bill A 06959A)

Association of Art Museum Directors, Professional Practices in Art Museums, (2001)

Association of Art Museum Directors, Report of the AAMD Task Force on Deaccessioning: AAMD Policy on Deacessioning, (June 9, 2010)

Association of Art Museum Directors, AAMD Member List

Letter to New York State Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky from New York City Bar Committee on Art Law (May, 25, 2009)

James Panero, Another Art Museum Puts Its Collection on the Block, Wall Street Journal, D13, (April 15, 2009)

Robin Pogrebin, Bill to Halt Certain Sales of Artwork May Be Dead, The New York Times, (August 10, 2010)

Robin Pogrebin, Sanctions Are Ending For Museum, The New York Times, (October 18, 2010)

David Ross, It’s Bad for Museums to Pay Bonds with their Art, Wall Street Journal, A12, (April 18, 2009)

See you in class!