The Menil Collection

A Provenance Didactic: Foregrounding Museum Provenance

Abstract/Artist's Statement: Since UNESCO’s 1970 convention on looting of cultural property, a focus on provenance research has resulted in the accession and deaccession of antiquities in many museum collections. Provenance is the record of ownership for an object, perhaps leading back to its archeological find-spot, or its provenience. The Collections Analysis Collaborative—a project in conjunction with the Menil Collection and Rice University—hosted a conference in October that brought museum professionals and scholars together to discuss the processes of provenance research.