Crimes of Passion: Examining Art Thefts for Love

tracee.jpg#asset:13417:objectThumbnailTracee J. Glab, Lecturer

March 21 | 6p

FIA Theater 


What makes people want to steal art, risking prison and a criminal record? The majority of art thefts have a financial motive, even though it is difficult to sell well-known or “hot” art on the open market. A more unconventional motive is that of a strong desire for the object itself. In this talk, you will hear about four cases of art theft across continents from the 19th century to the present day that shed light on different aspects of the desire to possess by any means necessary.

Tracee J. Glab has been the Executive Director of the Flint Institute of Arts since July 2022. Prior to her current role she was the FIA’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for thirteen years. She holds an MA in Art History from Wayne State University and a BA in Art History from University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her recently published Director’s Choice from the Scala series features 37 of her favorite works in the FIA.

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