Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
explores connections between the literary and visual arts through moderated book discussions and guided gallery tours led by experienced Joslyn docents. All book discussions begin in the Museum's Omaha Steaks Conference Room and conclude in the galleries where participants discover thematic links between the selected book and Joslyn's rich works of art on display. In addition to special guests from The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club, everyone is welcome to participate in this stimulating program.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo
recounts the tale of infamous con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Chief among these was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger. Once Myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the British art world in order to fake the provenances of these forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history.
The story stretches from London to Paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet Associations to the archives at the Tate Gallery. This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, large galleries, and prestigious museums.
reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance
is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery. Source: Laney Salisbury, http://laneysalisbury.com/Provenance.html
Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club, Visualizing Literature
is open to anyone interested in art and literature. Book discussions are free to Joslyn Members and members of The Nebraska Medical Center's Health and Wellness Club; the general public may attend for regular Museum admission. No reservations are required. Books may be available for purchase in Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop. For details, please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661.3862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't come in the evening? Visualizing Literature is also scheduled during the day on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 am.
This fall, join us on September 10 at 10:30 am, or September 12 at 6:00 pm for a look at the book The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough. As always, books may be purchased from Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop.