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Cinéma Art Historique: The Art of the Steal (2009)

Saturday, Jan 21, 2023

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Get ready for the 2022-2023 season of Cinéma Art Historique! This free-admission film series is designed to explore the connections between art history and cinema. After each screening, enjoy a Q&A and discussion with Dr. Alex Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator, about how the evening’s film aligns with the histories and stories it strives to tell.

Next in the series: The Art of the Steal (2009). This award-winning, hit documentary chronicles the controversy surrounding the art collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes — who amassed what is widely considered to be one of the most significant collections of post-Impressionist art in the world. Barnes, who died in 1951, stipulated in his will that his invaluable works of art be kept together in exactly (and only) the manner he presented them in a residential neighborhood near Philadelphia in what would become the Barnes Foundation.

Although he intended his collection to be used to promote appreciation of the fine arts, the Barnes Foundation was too far off the beaten path. Decades later, however, steps were taken by Barnes Foundation trustees to move the collection for greater public access, undermining Dr. Barnes’ original intentions.

Registration is required, and space is limited. The film screening and Q&A will be held in the Polk Museum of Art’s Auditorium.

Event Location

Polk Museum of Art
800 East Palmetto Street
Lakeland, FL, 33801

Event Fees