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Detailed Schedule

Announcement  •
June 19-23, 2023 


Non-Certificate Registration 

For seamless and secure program delivery, we are using the OpenWater virtual conferencing platform.

Anyone may register to attend hybrid sessions virtually, as a “non-certificate student,” for a modest daily fee. There is no charge for the streamed session at the Denver Art Museum on Wednesday, June 21. On Thursday, June 22, only morning sessions will be offered virtually.

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

We are regularly adding program details.

Non-certificate registration deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 5 p.m. MDT.

Monday, June 19, 2023

History and Legacy of Nazi Art Plunder; Introduction to Provenance Research Resources

Moderator: Elizabeth Campbell, University of Denver  

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and introductions. 

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.: The Mechanisms and Legacy of Nazi Art Plunder, Elizabeth Campbell.  

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break  

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.: The Galerie Paul Rosenberg: Identifying Looted Art on the Market by MaryKate Cleary, Lecturer of Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. 

1:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Restitution from the Perspective of Claimants: A Case Study of the Siegfried Laemmle collection. Screening of the documentary Under the Hammer of the Nazis, directed by Thomas Staehler (2015), followed by in-person Q & A with Denver descendant Nina McGehee and her husband Rex.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Break  

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Navigating Art-Based Provenance Resources with Kate Chimenti- Former Provenance Researcher 

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Break 

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Resources at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Recorded presentation by Sally McKay, Head of Research Services, and Sandra van Ginhoven, Head of the Getty Provenance Index.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Discussion: what have we learned? Additional conversation and Q and A. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Archival Resources; Restitution Claims via Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.: Daily welcome by Elizabeth Campbell.   

9:05 – 9:45 a.m.: Using resources of the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Recorded presentation by NARA archivist Sylvia Naylor, and MacKenzie Mallon, Provenance Specialist at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. MacKenzie will discuss the contributions of former Museum Director and Monuments Man Paul Gardner.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.: Exploring Resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington, D.C., with reference Librarian Megan Lewis. 

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Art Restitution via Alternative Dispute Resolution: the Holocaust Claims Processing Office, the State of New York with Anna Rubin and Rebecca Friedman. 

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: Other archival resources in the U.S.: the Archives of American Art, and National Gallery, Washington, D.C, Elizabeth Campbell 

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Making a Joke of the Washington Principles: A Case Study, with Anna Bottinelli, President, Monuments Men and Women Foundation for the Preservation of Art  

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Break 

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.: Archival resources in Europe, with Elizabeth Campbell.  

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: What have we learned? Further discussion, Q & A about using archival sources. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Streamed visit to the Denver Art Museum

Free of charge.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Welcome by Lori Iliff, Head of Provenance Research, Denver Art Museum. 

A virtual visit to the Denver Art Museum. Welcome by Lori Iliff, Head of Provenance Research and Case Study: Researching Modigliani’s Portrait de Femme (1918) Renée Albiston, Associate Museum Director, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and contracted provenance researcher for the Denver Art Museum 


Thursday, June 22, 2023

Writing a Provenance Narrative  

Non-certificate fee: $15, as the afternoon is devoted to guiding certificate students, who will work in small groups on a provenance research case study. 

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Writing a Provenance Narrative. Led by MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston.  

10 – 10:15 a.m.: Break  

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.: Why isn't there a unified database on Nazi-plundered art?, with Marc Masurovsky, co-founder of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) 

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: Break 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Cautionary tales: Research and Reporting Methods, with MacKenzie Mallon and Renée Albiston. 

Friday, June 23, 2023

Keynote Address and Student Symposium, open to all registrants

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Keynote Address: Recent Research and Restitution Progress in France by David Zivie, Head of the Mission for Research and Restitution of Spoliated Cultural Property between 1933 and 1945, French Ministry of Culture. 

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Student Symposium: five group presentations by certificate students on provenance research case studies. 

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.: Break 

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Debrief: What have we learned? Q&A with the experts and conclusion of the virtual program.