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Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010

Hyde hosts art theft, famous forgers lectures April 25

On Sunday, April 25, 2010, The Hyde Collection will host two lectures by art historian Dr. 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 titled Stolen, Forged, and Fake!.

The first lecture begins at noon and will focus on the greatest theft of art in twentieth 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 unravels some of the hidden mysteries of Nazi art theft. It also offers 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 this tragic period in history.

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

Dr. 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; suggested donation for all others is $5 and includes admission to the current Nineteenth Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition in the Charles R. Wood Gallery.

For more information or to make a reservation for one or both talks, contact Sara Boivin, director of education at The Hyde Collection, at 518-792-1761, ext. 27 or email


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