Aaron Glass attended the joint Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association and the Canadian Anthropological Society in Vancouver, BC, on November 20-24. Here, he presented “‘A Wealth of Thought’: Museum Collections, Indigenous Ontologies, and Franz Boas’s Anthropology of Art.” In addition, there was a panel exhibit installation of Glass’s exhibition, The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, and a film screening of “Opening the Story Box: Reflections on George Hunt and Franz Boas,” the short film produced for the 2019 BGC exhibition. The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, was the winner of the 2019 Michael Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology, from the Council of Museum Anthropology.

In September, Ivan Gaskell published “For the Union Dead: Memorial Hall at Harvard University, and the Exclusion of the Confederate Fallen,” in Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials, edited by Jeanette Bicknell, Jennifer Judkins, and Carolyn Korsmeyer (Routledge). He published two articles in philosophy journals in October: “A Role for Empathy in Decolonizing Aesthetics: Unlikely Lessons from Roger Fry,” in Contemporary Aesthetics 17; and “Race, Aesthetics, and Shelter: Toward a Postcolonial Historical Taxonomy of Buildings,” in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77: 4. Also in October, he gave the formal response to Frank Boardman’s paper, “Three Histories of Art: On the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Style History of Art” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics in Phoenix, Arizona.

In early December, Artnet published an article interviewing Jennifer Mass titled Ever Wonder How Experts Find Long-Lost Masterpieces? We Asked Top Sleuths in the Trade to Share Their Secrets. She, alongside other experts in the field, helped to explain how to identify and authenticate masterpieces.