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TALK | "Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern," with author Charles Dellheim | Thursday, February 2 @ 7 p.m. EST
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a host of Jewish outsiders came to play a critical role in modern art as dealers, collectors, critics, and, not least, as artists. This talk looks at the role of Jews in modern art by focusing on the stories of a few remarkable individuals and how and why they gravitated to different schools of modern art, how they championed the work of avant-garde artists, how their efforts were regarded and received, and what happened to them and their collections after the Nazi rise to power and the outbreak of the Second World War.

Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2023 Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish around the World.

This live event will be presented via Zoom. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—registration is required.

Feb 2, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Charles Dellheim
Professor of History and Jewish studies @Boston University
Charles Dellheim, professor of history and Jewish studies at Boston University, grew up in New York City and earned his doctorate in modern European cultural history at Yale. His most recent book is Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern. Blending Jewish history, art history, and European history, this book turns the story of Nazi stolen art on its head by focusing on how, against all odds, certain Jews became key players in the market for both Old Masters and for modern art. Belonging and Betrayal was named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement (London), Kirkus Review, and Artnet. Dellheim has also written widely on topics from architecture to company culture to baseball. His previous books include The Face of the Past: The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England and The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Business