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WHEN MONEY AND POWER TRUMP MISSION AND MORALS: “ART OF THE STEAL” SHOWS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE

North Miami, FL – 6/10/2014

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN NORTH MIAMI
Open to the Public, Free Admission

The ongoing battle between the city of North Miami and the outgoing Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami is a wholly unique, headline grabbing drama. But this is not the first time in recent history that a museum’s board has strayed so far from its mission.  In 2009, the Board of Trustees for the Albert C. Barnes Foundation deployed money, power, politics and the best legal team money could buy in order to violate Albert C. Barnes’ will, defy the very mission of the Barnes Foundation and ultimately steal $25 billion worth of art.  

The Art of the Steal, a documentary that follows the struggle for control of the Barnes art collection will be shown free to the public this Friday, June 13th, at 7 p.m. at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Miami located at 770 NE 125 ST. The film gives a clear example as to when money and power trump mission and morals. As the opening of the MOCA @The Crossroads symposium, sponsored by the Florida Africana Studies Consortium (FLASC), scholars will be on hand to discuss the film and the impact The Barnes Foundation story has had within the art world.  The film will be introduced by Linda Carty of Syracuse University.  

The FLASC Symposium will continue on Saturday, June 14th, from 4 - 8 p.m., with a panel of art scholars that will host discussions to further explore the topic and delve into what happens when the politics of class and culture collide.  The symposium will be held at MOCA, North Miami.  Admission is free.  For additional information, call 305-893-6511, ext. 12110. 
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