Craving more mystery with your art history? Join Kylie Holloway and Erin Thompson for an exploration of the most fascinating forgeries and thefts in the art world. We’ll zoom in on the secret history of the works of art themselves and then hear the scandalous story of the work’s theft or forgery from the only full-time professor of art crime in America.
In a very special October edition, hosts Erin Thompson and Kylie Holloway will be braving the hijinks of looting from tombs and the trade in ancient human remains! Missing sarcophagi, filched urns, and how much does a looted ancient skull cost anyways? Erin and Kylie are diving into the bizarre and bloodcurdling stories of raided tombs and stolen bones. Haunting heists, spook-tacular stealings, and a lot of bad Halloween costumes here we come!
(This event is also available on Wednesday, October 14th, get tickets for that date here!)
Erin Thomson is America’s only full-time professor of art crime. She studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. She has discussed art crime topics in, e.g., The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and has been invited to lecture at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Columbia. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors, is now out from Yale University Press.
Kylie Holloway is a performer and live events producer who uses comedy to celebrate the forgotten women of history and artists you should know about. She is an in-house producer at Caveat where she runs the Nevertheless She Existed live show and podcast as well as Ride or Die: Oregon Trail Live and Blood in the Water: Drag Queens and Scientists Roast Sea Creatures. You can catch her onstage as Art Expert In-residence at Modern Whitney or as a tour guide at museums across the country.
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