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

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Saturday, February 21, 2015 

The Jewish Museum and 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

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 required 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


A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World

Go check out this new special exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, with paintings depicting ancestral Zuni sites throughout the Colorado Plateau. This exhibit is part of an indigenous mapping project that has developed over the past 20 years. The paintings are created by 14 Zuni artist in collaboration with Zuni cultural advisors and produced in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

Open 12:30pm-5:30pm everyday

Exhibit: “Save Our Stories”

This is a free exhibit at Columbia designed “to highlight distinctive artifacts from archaeological projects in New York City and the stories of the people they represent.” The opening is on May 14th from 6 to 8 PM at the Low Library and the exhibit will be open between May 4th and May 31st. Please see the attached poster for more details.


Check out Archaeologists Anonymous!

The Archaeologists Anonymous project team yesterday announced a new question. We had a great response to ‘hopes and fears’ but we’ve always planned to periodically change the question. So, after discussions following our SHA 2013 session (see Kristina Foxton’s excellent review on the tumblr blog) we are picking up on a theme that has emerged from some of the responses to the project:

What is, or is not, ‘real archaeology’?

So, please do buy a postcard, adapt the image if you wish and post it to us anonymously. The postcards can be written in any language. All postcards will be displayed on the blog but we ask that as a condition of your own anonymity, that you do not personally identify any individual person or project.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lod Mosaic at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Starting 2/10/13

On February 10, 2013, the Penn Museum will become the final American venue to host the Lod Mosaic before its return to Israel.  Over 300-square feet large and laid nearly 2000 years ago, this ancient Roman floor mosaic discovered in Lod, the site of ancient Lydda, is one of the world’s largest and best preserved.

For more information on the Lod Mosaic’s upcoming display at the Penn Museum, visit the museum’s website.

There are student rates at the museum.