Civic Theatre film: THE ART OF THE STEAL


July 25 (Tuesday)
Civic Theatre film: THE ART OF THE STEAL

The Museum continues its partnership with Civic Theatre with this series of screenings in conjunction with A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania. Included are films about collectors and artists who have impacted the art world in different ways. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre, 527 North Nineteenth Street, Allentown. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and Civic members with ID, $10 general admission. Advanced sale available at

Tonight’s film isThe Art of the Steal (2009), a documentary that follows Dr. Albert C. Barnes as he educates himself about art and builds an immense art collection complete with approximately $30 billion worth of art by some of the world's most eminent painters. The legal articles of incorporation for the Barnes Foundation made it very clear that this was a private, educational institution. Art students were encouraged to sign-up for classes or a visit. The next part of the documentary is about what happens to the Barnes Collection after the doctor’s death in 1951