Summer Book Club for Educators: Forgers, Thieves, and the Art World
Make a day of it, and stay for Final Friday or see a movie at Summer Nights.
Here's how our book club works:
- We'll be featuring one art crime novel each month.
- Read the selected book before we meet and send your questions and thoughts to us a few days before the meeting at the IMA.
- On the dates listed below, join us as we go on super secret tours related to the books, explore other behind the scenes topics, and discuss the book with peers over a complimentary cup of coffee, tea, or glass of wine.
- Still have a question? Contact Heidi Davis-Soylu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for as many as you'd like, by contacting email@example.com by the dates listed below. Space is limited to 20 participants for each session; advance registration required. The first 5 registered for each session will receive a bag of teacher goodies.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman (2011)
The Wall Street Journal called him “a living legend.” The London Times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.”
In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair. (Amazon.com) Perfect if you like: Non-fiction, detective autobiographies, Art and artifacts
Join us at the IMA for discussion on June 28, 2013 from 3:00-4:30 pm.
Register by Friday, June 7.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art
by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo (2010)
Filled with extraordinary characters and told at breakneck speed, Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller. Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo recount the tale of infamous con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his accomplice, the affable artist John Myatt. Together they exploited the archives of British art institutions to irrevocably legitimize the hundreds of pieces they forged, many of which are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today. (Amazon.com) Perfect if you like: Contemporary Art history and psychological mysteries
Join us at the IMA for discussion on July 26, 2013 from 3:00-4:30 pm.
Register by Friday, July 5.
The Gardner Heist
By Ulrich Boser (2011)
Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads—and a $5 million reward—none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries. (Amazon.com)
Perfect if you like: Non-fiction Art crime and investigation
Join us at the IMA for discussion on August 30, 2013 from 5:00-6:30 pm.
Register by Friday, August 9.