Thomas Carr Howe (far left) at the removal of Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna from a salt mine at Altaussee, Austria, 1945. Photo: Monuments Men Foundation
On February 7 at noon PST join a diverse group of participants hosted by the Legion of Honor and the Google Art Project for an Art Talk about the true stories of the Monuments Men. Participants include:
- Melissa Buron, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Beate Fricke, University of California, Berkeley
- Barbara Aikens and Rihoko Ueno, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
- Sally Brazil, The Frick Art Reference Library
- Stephen Bury, The Frick Art Reference Library
- Rebecca Rushfield, American Institute for Conservation Oral History Project
To watch the Art Talk online, follow the Legion of Honor on Google+ or view it in person in the Koret Auditorium at the de Young or in the Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor. Admission is free and open to the public. Museum admission is required to visit the Florence Gould Theater.
In the final days of World War II, an elite group of men and women—museum directors, art historians, conservators, educators, and others—volunteered to help save Europe’s cultural heritage from Nazi looting and destruction. The Legion of Honor’s own Thomas Carr Howe, who served as director of the museum from 1939 to 1968, played a prominent role in the program, serving as chief of the section in Germany.
Now the subject of a new Sony Pictures film directed by George Clooney and arriving in theaters February 7, the Monuments Men have never received greater attention and interest. In celebration of the movie release, we will be hosting a Google Art Talk with experts from across the nation. Learn more about the lives and work of the Monuments Men here.