Men’s Club Shabbat at OST explores art confiscated by the Nazis

by | Jan 24, 2014 | What’s Happening

Friday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Ohef Sholom Temple will celebrate its annual Men’s Club Shabbat with members of the Men’s Club leading the service. Jefferson C. Harrison, chief curator of the Chrysler Museum of Art, whose topic is “Nazi-Era Provenance Research and the Chrysler Collection,” is the featured speaker.

Locating works of art confiscated by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 and restoring them to their rightful heirs has for decades been a central commitment of international arts and legal organizations. Like many other American museums, the Chrysler has systematically reviewed its own pre-1945 European collection with that very issue in mind. Harrison will discuss the path he followed in his research of the collection and reveal some of the surprising (and reassuring) facts he discovered along the way.

Harrison has been at the Chrysler Museum of Art since 1982, when he was hired to research its European collection. Since 1993 he has served as the Museum’s chief curator. He has organized and curated scores of exhibitions during his 31 years at the Chrysler, from Rembrandt and the Golden Age to Norman Rockwell. His most recent exhibition was Our Community Collects: From Dürer to Warhol and Beyond in 2011.

Preceding the service, at 6:30 pm a dinner prepared and served by Ohef Sholom’s Sisterhood will take place. Dinner is $10 per adult and child over 12; children under 12 are free. The community is invited to the dinner and service. RSVP to