Raiders Of The Lost Ark

115 mins.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
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Mon, 3/4

Victoria S. Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, joins us to introduce RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Science on Screen® presents creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

For nearly three thousand years, man has searched for the lost Ark of the Covenant. No one knows its secrets, and it is protected by forces beyond your imagination. It is desired above all things by both good and evil men. An army with the Ark in its possession would be rendered unstoppable... that is, unless someone else finds it first.

Harrison Ford is swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones in this Nazi-bashing romp around the globe on a race to find the lost Ark of the Covenant. White-knuckle action and sly humor combine to an enduring classic.

Topic: “Finders Keepers? Looted art and artifacts, and the case for repatriation”

“The museum will buy them as usual, no questions asked,” Marcus Brody assures Indiana Jones about his treasures. For many years, this attitude guided museum collecting practices. Today, however, we see many American museums returning antiquities to their countries of origin. This talk will explore the ethics of collecting in the 21st century—as well as why and how museums must repatriate looted artifacts.

Speaker: Victoria S. Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)

Victoria S. Reed has been the Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), since July 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research, museum ethics, and restitution. She received her MA and Ph.D. in art history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her BA in liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College.

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