For all its shortcomings as an ensemble piece, last year’s Bill Murray–fronted war farce, The Monuments Men, introduced us to the little-known individuals who risked their lives to reclaim some of humanity’s greatest masterpieces from Nazi seizure. Tonight marks the beginning of a three-day international conference, presented by
Columbia University, about the modern-day fate of those works. Ghosts of the Past: Nazi-Looted Art and Its Legacies features fourteen historians and museum specialists discussing the philosophical and political ramifications of stolen artwork and sharing WWII’s harrowing true tales of search and recovery. Join the debate that rages to this day: Have we gone too far, or not far enough, when it comes to restitution?
Feb. 19-21, 6:30 p.m., 2015