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Darsie Alexander: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

January 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

The BMA is pleased to welcome Darsie Alexander, the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum, for an evening lecture about the Jewish Museum’s recent exhibition, Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art.

During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. The exhibition chronicles the layered stories of the objects that survived, exploring the circumstances of their theft, their post-war rescue, and their afterlives in museums and private collections. Afterlives includes objects looted from Jewish collections during the war, including works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro. The Jewish Museum has also commissioned four contemporary artists to create new works that address the resonance of the exhibition’s themes: Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim. 

Alexander will also speak on the unique role of the Jewish Museum in the cultural landscape of New York today. 

Please join us prior to the lecture, at 5pm, for a reception co-sponsored by The Birmingham Jewish Federation.

Currently the Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum, Darsie Alexander has previously held curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, Baltimore Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. Alexander has curated numerous exhibitions focusing on postwar American and European art, notably International Pop (2015-2016); The Spectacular of Vernacular (2011); Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008 (2008): and SlideShow (2005). Alexander maintains an interest in interdisciplinary practice stemming from her work on the Merce Cunningham Dance Archive. Alexander has served on various boards and foundation panels. 

This lecture is sponsored by Margaret and Bruce Alexander.

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