Discussions at BMFI to Accompany BMC Alumna’s Documentary on Barnes Foundation Controversy

Posted March 11th, 2010 at 3:50 pm.

artofthestealThe Art of the Steal, a documentary produced by Bryn Mawr alumna Sheena Joyce ’98, will begin a run at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Friday, March 12. The film, which has attracted nationwide attention and drawn large crowds at several film festivals, deals with the controversial relocation of the Barnes Foundation from Merion, Pa., to a site in Philadelphia.

In addition to the regular screenings, the BMFI will feature five panel discussions—including a session with Joyce and director Don Argott—to air reactions and concerns of interested community members. Each panel discussion and Q&A will focus on a different aspect of the film and the many issues surrounding the Barnes Foundation.

Bryn Mawr students are invited to attend the special screenings at the BMFI’s discounted member price of $5 with valid ID. Go to http://www.BrynMawrFilm.org for more information. On the schedule:

  • Monday, March 15: The Director and Producers Talk:
    The Art of the Steal director Don Argott and producer Sheena Joyce of 9.14 Pictures will be joined by executive producer Lenny Feinberg to talk “film” and discuss the documentary, the challenges of making the film, and the audience’s technical questions.
    Screening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16: The Friends of the Barnes See It This Way:
    Architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, along with John Anderson, author of Art Held Hostage: The Battle Over the Barnes Collection and Tom Freudenheim, retired museum director and writer for The Wall Street Journal, will reflect on the film and its issues as only they can.
    Screening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Afternoon, March 21: As Seen from the City and the Parkway:
    Paul R. Levy, President and CEO Center City District and Melanie Johnson, City Representative for Philadelphia, will reflect on the anticipated effect of the Barnes on the Parkway.
    Reception at 3 p.m.; Screening at 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 22: Estate Lawyers Explain the Legal Technicalities:
    John Hook of Stradley Ronan and Christina Fournaris of Morgan Lewis will help audience members understand trusts and wills and what the Barnes decisions mean.
    Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Screening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 26: Philanthropists Comment on What it May Mean for Them:
    Philanthropists, including the Hon. Constance Williams, former Pennsylvania State senator, will reflect on the film in light of the climate for giving.
    Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Screening at 7:30 p.m.

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