Past Event

Monday, March 15, 2010

Twenty Years and Counting: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft

In March 1990, in the early morning after St. Patrick's Day, thieves masquerading as policeman stole 13 works, including 11 paintings, from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Among the paintings were Vermeer's Concert and Rembrandt's only seascape. Twenty years later, the theft remains the most significant U.S. art theft in history, and it is still unsolved. This special program, organized with the cooperation of the Gardner Museum and both the FBI and US Attorney's Office in Boston, is a rare opportunity to learn more about the case from the people closest to it. It is a follow-up to the program IFAR organized -- also with the help of the FBI -- on the 10th anniversary of the theft, in March 2000. 

The program features talks and visuals, including excerpts from the documentary about the theft, "Stolen."  Q&A and a reception follow. 

IFAR gratefully acknowledges First Republic Bank for its sponsorship of this program.

Event Speaker(s)

Anthony Amore,  Director of Security, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Rebecca Dreyfus, Producer/Director "Stolen," a PBS Independent  Lens Production

Brian Kelly, Chief of the Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, Boston

Geoffrey Kelly, Special Agent, Violent Crimes Task Force, FBI, Boston Division