On April 9, 2011 the Institute of Museum Ethics (Seton Hall University) in partnership with the Institute for Ethical Leadership (Rutgers University-Newark) held a conference on Museums, Ethics, and the Press.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Conversation regarding Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, featuring
Daniel Okrent, author as moderator;
Martin Sullivan – Director, National Portrait Gallery
Lee Rosenbaum – CultureGrrl
W. King Mott – Department of Political Science, Seton Hall University
Rev. Gregory Waldrop, SJ – Department of Art History and Music, Fordham University
Abe Zakhem – Department of Philosophy, Seton Hall University
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Afternoon Panel: Hide/Seek in Context
James Abruzzo, co-founder, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University-Newark, moderator
Rachelle V. Browne, Smithsonian Institution – “Moral Rights, Free Expression and Money: Predictable Ingredients for an Ethical Controversy?”
Teresa Koncick, Florida State University – “For Mature Minds: Hide/Seek, Censorship, and the First Amendment Erosions of Rust v Sullivan”
Lysa Hochroth, Université de Poitiers, France, “Hide/Seek: An International Perspective”
The conference examined the controversy surrounding the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”, highlighted the ethical issues involved, discussed the role of the media (print and internet) in this controversy and in other instances where museums’ ethical practices are interrogated, and explored related issues including artists’ rights.