Staff Picks

Art of the Steal (DVD)

November 2, 2012

For fans of: Wordplay, Helvetica, and Freakonomics.

Note: Though we know the outcome, seeing the drama unfold behind the legal battle surrounding the Barnes Foundation's move from Merion to Philadelphia is quite gripping. 

In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes formed a remarkable educational institution around his priceless collection of art, located just five miles outside of Philadelphia. Now, more than 50 years after Barnes’ death, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court for control of the art, and intend to bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia.

Standing in their way is a group of Barnes’ former students and his will, which contains strict instructions stating the Foundation should always be an educational institution, and that the paintings may never be removed. Will they succeed, or will a man’s will be broken and one of America’s greatest cultural monuments be destroyed?