Ghosts of the Past: Nazi-Looted Art and Its Legacies

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Saturday, February 21, 2015  9:00am The Jewish Museum and 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University


Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Holger Klein, Professor and Chair of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam

An International Conference co-organized by Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology & Deutsches Haus in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut New York, and the Jewish Museum, New York. Cosponsored with Columbia University's Middle East Institute, the History Department, and the University Seminar on Cultural Memory. Funding provided by Columbia University’s Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and New German Critique

“Ghosts of the Past: Nazi-Looted Art and Its Legacies” convenes an international group of art historians, historians, curators, and scholars in provenance research and the history of German art dealership to explore an unexamined chapter of the legacies of the Third Reich.

This conference, to be held at Columbia on February 20 and 21, 2015, opens with a keynote lecture at the Jewish Museum by Olaf Peters, Professor, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and curator of the recent exhibition "Degenerate Art" at the Neue Galerie, New York.

Admission is free for registered participants.

Conference registration is closed. The event will be livestreamed at link.


February 19, 6:30pm- 8:00pm: Olaf Peters, Keynote Speech, The Jewish Museum

February 20: 9:00am-1:00pm, 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

February 21: 9:00am-6:00pm, 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University


  • Konstantin Akinsha

    Guest Fellow

    Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt, Germany

  • Gish Amit


    Mandel Leadership Institute, Jerusalem

  • Stephanie Barron

    Senior Curator and Head of Modern Art

    Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles

  • Ruth Beesch

    Deputy Director, Program Administration

    Jewish Museum, New York

  • Barry Bergdoll

    Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History

    Columbia University

  • MaryKate Cleary

    Collection Specialist, Department of Painting and Sculpture

    The Museum of Modern Art

  • Noam Elcott

    Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Media

    Columbia University

  • Christian Fuhrmeister

    Dr. of Philosophy

    Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich

  • Uwe Hartmann

    Graduate Historian

    Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin

  • Meike Hoffman


    Free University of Berlin

  • Meike Hopp

    Project Assistant

    Research Department at Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich

  • Lawrence M.  Kaye

    Co-Chair of the Art Law Group

    Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York

  • Marc Masurovsky


    Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Washington DC

  • Olaf Peters

    University Professor

    Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

  • Jonathan Petropoulus

    Professor of History

    Claremont KcKenna College

  • Anson Rabinbach

    Professor of History

    Princeton University

  • Julia Voss

    Faculty Member

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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