The following video recording was made of dr. jon thompson speaking at the Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA) on December 5, 2009.
He was invited to speak about the Ardabil carpet in conjunction with its reinstallation after cleaning and restoration.
For those readers unfamiliar with the saga of the two Ardabil carpets, one is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England and the other in Los Angeles at LACMA.
Basically, as the story goes, both were in rather poor condition when discovered so the decision was made by Vincent Robinson, the famous turn of the 19th /20th century English carpet dealer and the man who bought the Ardabils, to take the one in better condition and restore it using part of the one in worse condition.
This was done and the V&A got that one – the better one --, the other after having been in several private collections finally ended up at LACMA.
RK found it completely dishonest of LACMA to invite thompson to talk about anything other than his role in the dennis dodds bogus ‘bellini' carpet affair.
So we hired an actor and videographer to go to thompson's lecture and during the question and answer period after his talk to confront thompson and inquire about his role in vetting the bogus dodds ‘bellini' carpet that entered LACMA in 2004.
Let's all remember thompson, along with louise Mackie and professor walter denny, affirmed to the now disgraced and unemployed LACMA Costume and Textile department curator, Dale Gluckman, that the dodds ‘bellini' carpet was 16th century, a masterpiece of its type and a museum worthy object.
This was what dodds had told and written Gluckman, and with the OK from thompson, mackie and denny, she went ahead and championed the bogus bellini for purchase by the Collector's Committee, a group of private benefactors organized by LACMA.
The carpet was then purchased by the group for $250,000 and donated to LACMA.
It was not until RK began our campaign to make the truth public -- that the ‘bellini is neither 16th century, nor a masterpiece of its type and surely not a museum worthy object -- that anyone questioned the purchase.
The rest is history, and RK has written much about this disgusting and dishonest rip-off dennis dodds engineered and successfully managed to accomplish.
Here is the URL where much of what RK has written and proven about the lies and dishonesty dodds used has been documented.
We direct readers there for much more information and background on the bellini, dennis dodds, and the Museum's cover-up of their errors and lack of fiduciary responsibility to the Collector's Committee, who purchased the bogus bellini based on dodds's lies and ridiculous claims.
So let's now listen in to the question and answer session at the end of thompson's talk where RK's actor asks dr thompson some questions and our videographer records his replies.
A script of the audio follows each of the three video sections RK has chosen from the original video.
And at the end is a compilation of the three sections.
Thompson: And the next one, let's see.
Someone in the Audience: When the V&A carpet was put back together, and the ends added were repaired from having been cut down, was that whole end section the original…piece…or was it taken from the LACMA carpet?
Thompson: It was taken from the top of the LACMA carpet…and part of the sides
After thompson answers another question or two our actor gets into the picture
Thompson: Next question
RK's Actor: Yes, I know you are speaking about the Ardabil carpet right now but could you manage to speak about the bellini carpet?
Then, before thompson can answer, Linda Kamaroff, LACMA's curator of Islamic Art chirps in and says:
No we are not going to be talking about that today. If you would like to ask dr thompson about that afterwards that would be fine.
RK's Actor: OK, thank you
Thompson: Which bellini carpet?
RK's Actor: The bellini carpet that was purchased by the museum in 2004.
Thompson: No, not interested.
Then a voice from the audience Why?
So thompson does not want to talk about the bellini, but after the question and answer session our actor and videographer will go to talk with him.
So the actor waits for the finish of the question and answer, and then walks to meet thompson as he leaves the stage.
Actor: Dr. thompson, why did you not want to speak to me about the bellini carpet
Thompson: I don't know who you are and this is a contentious issue, which I am not going to enter into. I am sorry.
A security guard then entered the room and asked our actor to leave.
Yes, it is a contentious issue for thompson but what is not contentious is the fact the bellini is bogus and thompson and the others should never have approved its purchase.
So, in fact, there is no contention, as no one believes the dodds bellini is 16th century, a masterpiece of its type or a museum worthy object.
It's only contentious for them -- thompson, mackie and denny -- and for thompson to say it is contentious is nothing but a way to weasel out of his error and central role in the debacle.
The fact thompson does not want to talk about it, and his approving the purchase, is as dishonest as dodds ripping off the museum.
Thu, Feb 2nd, 2012 08:57:21 PM
RK noted with interest today rug rabbit.com's new feature:
the "featured video".
Perhaps this is not really very new, but as RK does not dwell on rug rabbit.com's content we might have previously missed seeing it.
Regardless of how long the rabbit-crew has been "featuring" videos the one they chose -- peter pap at the Winter Antiques Show -- is piss poor.
Who gives a flying frick about a retailer, turko-know-little, like pap, showing his wares on Park Ave in New York City.
RK could make many suggestions to that larcenous sleeze-bag sam the sham coad, and ben know less than nothing benayan, the crew who run rug rabbit.com.
Presently and topically would be to pull shilling for peepee pap and replace that video with the one of dr jon thompson at LACMA RK published.
Were coad and benayan anything but brown-nose rugDUMB toadies they would want their audience to see, in person, dr jon thompson prevaricate and avoid discussing his role in the dodds "bellini" rug ripoff and continued cover-up.
Lord knows that is far more important and pertinent than seeing shit-grinning peter pap trying to ply his overpriced inventory to the swells and less who flock to the 69th street Armory to see and be seen.
Thu, Dec 29th, 2011 01:54:43 PM
RK has written much about dr. jon thompson, documenting and proving our accusations.
However, this video and dr thompson's own words and nervous body language, when confronted with reality, demonstrate not only does thompson refuse to honestly face the consequences of his actions, even worse, he refuses to believe he should.
Like dodds, franses and other big names in rugDUMB, it proves once again jon thompson's reputation is as bogus as a three-dollar bill and about as worthless.