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Join us every Thursday evening at the Damforst for stimulating lectures focused on the world of broken, stolen, and forged art!

March Series: The Irish Game

March 6, 2008
Speaker: Guard from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (who wishes to remain anonymous. Speaker will be wearing a paper bag over his head in order to further protect his identity.)
A first-hand account from the guard who let the "Boston police officers" with "obviously fake moustaches" into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that fateful St. Paddy's Night in 1990. Mr. Guard will also reflect on his point of view from the basement while the heist was taking place above his duct-taped head.

March 13, 2008
Speaker: Miles Connor
Miles Connor will discuss his seedy dealings in the art theft world. Connor will focus primarily on his Boston Museum heist in which he walked out the front door of the Museum with a Rembrandt under his jacket.

March 20, 2008
Speaker: The Corpse of Sir Alfred Beit
Sir Alfred Beit was an avid collector living in the rugged hills of Ireland. His manor, Russborough House, served as a prime target for no less than four of the most famous art heists of the Twentieth Century. Why did Beit insist on housing a multi-million-dollar collection inside an old mansion with no security system? These questions and more will be answered during this animated discussion with Beit's earthly remains.

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