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Art & the Bar: Art and the Law: The Legal Status of Nazi-Looted Artworks
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When: Tuesday, June 24
12:00 p.m.
Where: HCBA office
600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 390
Minneapolis 55402
Contact: Larry Schultz

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1.0 CLE credit applied for this program.

This program will provide an overview of legal issues that arise when artworks looted by the Nazis during World War II are recovered, or discovered in museums or private collections.  Panelists will discuss the recent cache of 1280 looted works found recently in a Munich apartment.


  • Patricia Zurlo represents and counsels creative individuals and organizations locally and nationally in the areas of copyrights, trademarks, art and entertainment law, contracts, and strategic mentoring.  The firm works with clients from diverse industries including visual, literary, and performing arts; software developers; creative entrepreneurs and non-profits.  She is a past president of the Minnesota State Bar Association Forum on Art, Entertainment and Sports Law, is an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law in Art and Cultural Heritage Law, and is a frequent guest speaker on the subjects of intellectual property and business law as it relates to the creative entrepreneur. Patricia is a former professional classical musician, and a fiber artist by avocation.
  • Kim Dayton is Emerita Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law, where she taught a course on Art and Cultural Heritage Law.  She is also a photographer and painter.
  • Erika Holmquist-Wall, Assistant Curator and Provenance Specialist, Department of Paintings, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her areas of specialization include Nordic art history, early 20th-century European art, Group of Seven (Canada), Symbolism, Nazi-Era provenance issues, and the history and aesthetics of collecting art.  Recent project have included curating “The Modern Face: Portraits from the Pompidou,“ (MIA fall 2013), developing a proposed exhibition on German Expressionism in Midwest collections, and serving as project manager for WWII provenance research of the permanent collection