DePaul Distinguished Research Professor Patty Gerstenblith, director of the Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, was quoted in a Boston Globe article discussing the recent return of eight artifacts to Nigeria by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The artifacts include a 2,000-year-old terra-cotta head and were given to the MFA in a 2013 bequest by collectors William and Bertha Teel, longtime supporters of the museum. The decision to return the eight artifacts was the culmination of 18 months of research, driven by Victoria Reed, who was appointed the first full-time museum curator of provenance in the United States by the MFA in 2010.
Gerstenblith praised the MFA's actions as "out-front," and more involved than measures taken by peer museums. The MFA now voluntarily and rigorously researches object histories and, if one is determined to be questionable, will find a way to make amends.