Monumental Work: Cultural Survival — the Monuments Foundation with Christine Maasdam
Fifty and Better Fall Lectures
For over 80 years, the original stories that surround WWII have continued to be of global interest. One of the historical dimensions of that war is the work of the men and women who defended and rescued the arts by saving the cultural heritage of our world for future generations. We hear the stories, we see the movies and think perhaps, that these experiences are all in the past, Cliff Notes to history. The truth is that today, the Monuments Foundation is at the forefront of cultural heritage preservation and art restitution, continuing to retrieve artworks and honor the work of those who carved the path of restitution. We will look at the lives of these “art saviors,” current cases and the new Monuments Men and Women Foundation.
Christine Maasdam holds a Master in Humanities and a B.A. in Cultural Geography. Her art studies include The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in D.C. and Post Graduate studies in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow. She is a graduate of the Art Crime Investigation Seminar led by Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team. She is a member of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and holds a certificate from Trident Manor on Protection of Cultural Venues. Maasdam received Sotheby’s certification on Determining Value: An Appraiser’s Perspective. She has spent over a decade as a LACMA docent and is an active volunteer at the City of David archaeological dig in Israel.
The Fifty and Better (FAB) program was designed for people 50+ years of age, seeking intellectual stimulation through university level courses (without the pressure of grades) for the sake of learning and social engagement.
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