Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art

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Upcoming lectures focus on looted, forged art
Story Discussion Staff report | Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:45 am | (0) Comments
Font Size: Default font size Larger font size The Hyde Collection is taking a look at the darker side of art.

On Sunday, the museum will offer two lectures by art historian Evie Joselow – “Nazi Art Looting: Tales of Discovery” and “Forgers and Fakes: Studies in Art and Character” – as the opening events in the spring series “Stolen, Forged and Fake!”

The first lecture, which begins at noon, will focus on the greatest theft of art in 20th-century history, carried out by the Nazis in Germany from 1933 through the end of World War II.

While the facts about Nazi art looting have remained largely unknown, this illustrated presentation and lecture will unravel some of the hidden mysteries of Nazi art theft. It also will offer a unique perspective on the study and understanding of Nazi policies, concepts and methods by presenting personal family stories related to the looted art and inextricably linked to the tragic period in history.

The second talk, scheduled for 2 p.m., will delve into the practices and motivations of the world’s most infamous forgers. Joselow will share insights into the forgers’ economic and psychological motivations, revealing their individual quirks and character traits.

Joselow, an independent art historian, appraiser and lecturer, teaches design history and architectural history at the New York School of Interior Design, Pratt Institute, and New York University. She has also served as the Chief of Research at the Commission for Art Recovery.

The two lectures, funded by New York Council for the Humanities, are free to members. The suggested donation for all others is $5 and includes admission to the current Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition in the Charles R. Wood Gallery.

The museum is at 161 Warren St. in Glens Falls.

For more information or to make a reservation for one or both talks, contact Sara Boivin, director of education at The Hyde Collection, at 792-1761, Ext. 27, or by e-mail at sboivin@hydecollec


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