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Confronting World War 2 Art Looting in the 21st Century

Rediscovering the Lost Histories

of European Artworks

presented by Jenny McComas

The 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets was convened by the U.S. State Department to shed new light on the World War II-era provenances (ownership histories) of art objects in museum collections.

Using examples from IU’s Eskenazi Museum of Art, Dr. Jenny McComas will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how provenance research is conducted in museums and how complicated it can be to determine past (especially Nazi-era) ownership of a work of art.

Dr. McComas, a Beth Shalom member, received her PhD in art history from Indiana University in 2014. She is curator of European and American art at IU’s Eskenazi Museum of Art, where she founded the Nazi-Era Provenance Research Project. She is also an internationally recognized expert in the fields of World War II-era provenance research and modern German art.

A dessert potluck follows the program. Please bring baked goods, snacks or drinks.


Earlier Event: August 26
Religious school begins
Later Event: August 31
erev Shabbat Services