David D'Arcy '75 is a journalist and critic who writes for The Art Newspaper, the BBC, and other media outlets, and reviews films for Screen International.
Mr. D'Arcy will discuss the myths that have arisen around many still unsolved Nazi art crimes. He will focus on the new documentary P.O.W. Portrait of Wally. The Face That Launched a Thousand Lawsuits that he wrote and produced. The film investigates the tangled provenance of a 1912 painting by Egon Schiele. Schiele's portrait of his model and mistress Wally Neuzil, which a Nazi seized from a Jewish art dealer in 1939, turned up in 1997 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on loan from the Leopold Foundation of Vienna. It took 13 years in US courts for the ensuing dispute over Wally to be resolved. The lawsuit initiated the vigorous, often vituperative debate in Austria, the United States, and across Europe over the restitution of art stolen by the Nazis (Raubkunst).
Location: Film Studies 190 (Powell Family Cinema) Sponsor: German Studies URL: Contact: Debra Pozzetti, 860-685-3359, email@example.com