Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2008
ALCTS 2009 President’s Program features James Cuno, President of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is announcing that James Cuno, president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago, will be the featured speaker for the 2009 ALCTS President’s Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2009.
Dr. Cuno’s most recent publication, “Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage,” is the subject of his presentation. This is an issue not just for museums, but for any cultural or educational institution that owns or holds ancient and not-so-ancient collections.
Dr. Cuno previously held posts at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the Harvard University Art Museum, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University, has served as trustee and president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also oversees the completion of the new wing of the Art Institute designed by Renzo Piano, which opens in the spring of 2009.
He has written widely on museums and cultural policy. His books include the newly published (May 2008) “Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage” and "Whose Muse?: Art Museums and the Public's Trust" both published by Princeton University Press.