USCBS to Co-Sponsor Screening of "Stout Hearted:George Stout and the Guardians of Art"
Join the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative for a screening of the film, Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art, on March 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Ring Auditorium in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. For reservations use the following link:
After the film, there will be a panel discussion on George Stout’s legacy and today’s monuments officers, followed by a presentation of the Blue Shield Meritorious Military Service in Protection of Cultural Property Award.
Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art tells the story of Iowa native George Stout, leader of the U.S. Army Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) teams (aka, “Monuments Men”) during WWII. A veteran of WWI, Stout became one of the pioneers of the science of art conservation. Stout returned to active duty in WWII and led MFAA teams responsible for protecting cultural sites and recovering millions of works of art looted by the Nazis. Their example helped establish military rules for protecting cultural property in armed conflicts outlined in the 1954 Hague Convention. Stout’s legacy continues to inspire today’s military personnel and cultural heritage professionals who are training to comply with these important rules for the law of war.
Welcome and Remarks
Corine Wegener | Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
Major General Darrell Guthrie | U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
Larry Di Rita | Greater Washington, D.C. Market President, Bank of America
Dr. Nancy Wilkie | President, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art (60 minutes)
With introduction by Kevin Kelley and Marie Wilkes | Documentary Filmmakers
Panel Discussion: George Stout’s Legacy and Today’s Monuments Officers
Corine Wegener and Major General Guthrie will be joined by:
Marie Royce | Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Pat Antonietti | Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. Patty Gerstenblith | U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
Colonel Jay Liddick | CA Capability Manager, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Presentation of the Blue Shield Outstanding Public Service Award for the Protection of Cultural Property
Light reception in the Hirshhorn Museum lobby