The Hood Museum of Art strives to be a capable steward of the works in its care, protecting each object for the enjoyment of future generations, understanding the origin of each work in the museum’s collection, and, when appropriate, deaccessioning objects that do not effectively serve the museum’s teaching mission.
The Hood Museum of Art is committed to ethical stewardship of its antiquities by ensuring the legitimacy of new acquisitions and confirming the provenance of works already in the collection.
Our staff undertake systematic evaluation of the museum’s holdings in order to recommend the deaccessioning (removal from the collection) of selected works through sale, transfer, or exchange.
Federally recognized Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations can request the return of ancestral human remains and certain cultural items from federal agencies, museums, and other organizations that have received federal funds.
Nazi-Era Provenance Research
The Hood Museum of Art is actively examining provenance gaps and ambiguities for all of the European paintings, sculptures, drawings, and Judaica in its collection.
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