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2021 Nazi-Era Art Provenance Research Training Program

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Elizabeth Campbell

Director of the Center for Art Collection Ethics

Lauren Turner

Center for Art Collections Ethics Graduate Assistant

Detailed Schedule

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Woman wheeling out University of Denver Art Collections's artwork.

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All times listed are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT, UTC –6)


Non-Certificate Registration 

Non-certificate students and other attendees may register at daily rate of $30. On Thursday, August 5, the daily non-certificate registration rate is $15, as roughly half the day is devoted to assisting certificate students with research projects. 

Non-certificate registration deadline: 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday, July 29. 

If you need registration assistance, please contact the support team at the Center for Professional Development at (303)-871-2291.

We are regularly updating program details.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Mechanisms and Legacy of Nazi Art Plunder

Moderator: Elizabeth Campbell, University of Denver 

9–9:15 a.m.: Welcome and introductions with ACE director. Introduction of planning team members.  

9:15–10:30 a.m.: How it Happened: Nazi Art Plunder and the Ongoing Quest for Restitution. Led by Elizabeth Campbell.

10:30–10:45 a.m.: Break 

10:45–12: Göring's Man in Paris. Led by Jonathan Petropoulos. This talk examines a case study of Nazi art dealer Bruno Lohse's role in the plunder and continued dealing after the war.

12–1 p.m.: Lunch 

1–2:30 p.m.: Panel on the Stewardship of Nazi-Era Art: Legal and Ethical Challenges, including Nicholas O’Donnell, partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Boston; Katrin Stoll, Neumeister Auction House, Munich; Dr. Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum. Moderated by Elizabeth Campbell. 

2:30–2:45 p.m.: Break 

2:45–4:15 p.m.:  Claimants' Panel, including Simon Goodman, descendant of Fritz and Louise Gutmann and author of The Orpheus Clock, Nina McGehee, descendant of Siegfried Laemmle, and Marianne Rosenberg, Rosenberg & Co. Gallery in New York, and descendant of Paul Rosenberg. Moderated by Elizabeth Campbell.

4:15–4:30 p.m.: Break 

4:30–5:30 p.m.: Coffee or Cocktails: Meet your peers from around the world in breakout rooms. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Research Sources: Object Study and U.S. Archives

9–9:15 a.m.: Daily welcome by Elizabeth Campbell 

9:15–10 a.m.: Framed: Evidence gleaned from direct observation of paintings. Led by Renée Albiston, associate museum director of Kirkland Museum Fine & Decorative Art. 

10–10:15 a.m.: Break 

10:15–11:15 a.m.: Using U.S. Archival Sources: NARA,, led by NARA archivist Sylvia Naylor. Sources at Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art. Moderated by Elizabeth Campbell and MacKenzie Mallon, Specialist, Provenance at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

11:15–11:30 a.m.: Break

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Resources at the Monuments Men Foundation, led by Anna Bottinelli, president, Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art; Resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, led by Megan Lewis, reference librarian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Moderated by Elizabeth Campbell.

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch 

1:30–2:30 p.m. Virtual visit to DU Hampden Art Study Center, led by Geoffrey Shamos, Curator of University Art Collections and Director of the Vicki Myhren Gallery. Sarah Magnatta, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History at DU, will describe how she incorporated provenance research into a graduate research practicum.

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–4:15 p.m.: Challenges and Opportunities at Academic Museums and Galleries, with Geoffrey Shamos, curator of University of Denver Art Collections; Jennifer McComas, Curator of European and American Art, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University; and Antonia Bartoli, Curator of Provenance at Yale University Art Gallery.

4:15–4:30 p.m. Break

4:30–5:15 p.m. Coffee or Cocktails: Meet your Peers Around the World

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Virtual visit to the Denver Art Museum (DAM)

8–9 a.m.: Case studies of paintings, recto and verso, and related archival sources, led by Renée Albiston. 

9–9:15 a.m.: Break 

9:15–9:45 a.m.: “Coffee Session” Q&A with Renée Albiston 

9:45–10 a.m.: Break 

Foreign and Digital Archives 

10–10:45 a.m.: European Archive Collections: Germany. Led by Meike Hopp, Technische Universität Berlin. 

10:45–11 a.m.: Break 

11 a.m.–12 p.m.: European Archive Collections: France, Netherlands, Belgium, UK. Led by Elizabeth Campbell.

12–1 p.m.: Lunch 

1–2 p.m.: Resources at the Getty Research Institute. Led by Sandra van Ginhoven, Head of Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance; Sally McKay, Head of Research Services.

2–2:15 p.m.: Break 

2:15–3:15 p.m.: Jeu de Paume database and the Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project. Led by historian and researcher Marc Masurovsky. 

3:15–3:30 p.m.: Break 

3:30–4:15 p.m.: Incorporating Secondary Sources. Led by MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston.

4:15–4:30 p.m.: Break 

4:30–5:30 p.m.: Coffee or Cocktails: Meet your Peers Around the World

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Note: today's daily registration rate is $15, as roughly half the day is devoted to guiding certificate students, who will work in small breakout groups on a provenance case study.


Writing a Provenance Narrative 

9–9:15 a.m.: Daily welcome by Elizabeth Campbell. 

9:15–10 a.m.: Writing a Provenance Narrative. Led by MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston. 

10–10:15 a.m.: Break 

10:15 a.m–12 p.m.: Certificate students work in small groups on research projects. Facilitated by MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston. 

12–1 p.m.: Lunch

1–1:45 p.m.: Making Research Public: Websites, Exhibitions and Transparency. Led by Jacques Schumacher, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Provenance and Spoliation Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and MacKenzie Mallon 

1:45–2 p.m.: Break 

2–3:30: Certificate student small groups work on provenance narratives and presentations for symposium.

3:30–3:45 p.m.: Break 

3:45–4:15 p.m.: “Coffee Session”: How is your Work Going? Q&A with MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston.   

4:15–5 p.m.: Certificate students complete work on presentations for tomorrow’s symposium in breakout sessions, facilitated by MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston. 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Student Symposium, open to all registrants

9–9:15 a.m.: Daily welcome by Elizabeth Campbell. 

9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Symposium: Five group presentations by certificate students.

12:15–1 p.m.: Lunch 

Keynote Address

1–2:30 p.m.: Jane Milosch, visiting professorial fellow, University of Glasgow. “A Decade of International Provenance Research and Exchange at the Smithsonian (2009-2019): Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

2:30–2:45 p.m.: Break 

2:45–3:30 p.m.: Debrief: What have we learned? Q&A with the experts and concluding remarks by the planning team. 

3:30–3:45 p.m.: Break 

3:45–4:30 p.m.: Coffee or Cocktails: Meet your Peers Around the World.

Thank you for joining us!