The Business of Art

Business of ArtTHE BUSINESS OF ART WELCOMES a wide range of guest speakers who have made art their career. Hear their stories and benefit from their experiences and knowledge.


Stay past 5 p.m. in the Turner Memorial Art Gallery and stick around for The Business of Art lecture at 6 p.m. Lecture is free for members; otherwise a $5 donation is suggested. Some in-depth programs may have additional fees. 

The Business of Art is made possible by the
FMH Foundation.


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Robert Edsel:
Art Advocate and Author of The Monuments Men
Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 7 to 8:30 pm
The Midland Center
Ticketed event; tickets free but limited*

Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci; The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History and Saving Italy: the Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. He is the co-producer of the documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. 

Academy Award winner George Clooney directed and starred in the recent film based on Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men, with an all-star cast of Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.

Edsel will give a talk on art preservation during World War II and pose the question, “Is art worth a life?”  as part of the Museum of the Southwest’s lecture series, The Business of Art.

Barnes and Noble will be on site with Robert Edsel's books.  Barnes and Noble is donating 10% of all proceeds from Robert Edsel book sales (online and in-store) to the Museum beginning Friday, October 17. Just mention the Museum of the Southwest at checkout or enter code 11384963 online.


Monday, August 11
Tickets open to President’s Club members only for special VIP seating. 

Tuesday, September 2
Tickets open to Museum of the Southwest members for special member seating.

Wednesday, September 24
Tickets open to general public for general seating. 

Just call 432.683.2882 x 303 or visit the Museum of the Southwest during normal business hours to pick up your FREE tickets!


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Book Club
Saturday, September 13 | 2 pm
Saturday, October 11 | 2 pm
Centennial Branch of the Midland County Public Library

Prepare for Edsel’s lecture by reading Edsel's The Monuments Men and discussing it with others in the community at the Midland County Public Library’s Book Club!

Movie at the Mansion
Thursday, October 16 | 8 pm
Front Lawn of the Turner Mansion

Come to our free public screening of The Monuments Men on the front lawn of the Turner Mansion.  Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, snacks and refreshments.


President's Club Dinner and screening of The Rape of Europa
Thursday, October 9 | 6 pm
Blakemore Planetarium

Join us for this year’s annual President’s Club dinner followed by a private screening of The Rape of Europa, co-produced by The Business of Art speaker Robert Edsel. The Rape of Europa is a feature documentary film that tells the story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures in the Third Reich and Second World War. Dinner and cocktails will be held at 6 p.m. in the Brown Science Center.

Wine and Cheese Basket
Thursday, October 16 | 8 pm
Front Lawn of the Turner Mansion

Receive a complimentary wine and cheese basket at the free public screening of The Monuments Men on the front lawn of the historic Turner Mansion. If you plan to join us, please remember to RSVP to the Museum by Monday, October 13, for your basket.

Exclusive Reception with Robert Edsel
Thursday, October 23 | 6 pm
The Doubletree by Hilton Midland Plaza

Meet bestselling author and The Business of Art speaker Robert Edsel at a special President’s Club-only cocktail reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midland Plaza. The reception will start at 6 p.m. followed by Mr. Edsel’s talk at the Midland Center at 7 p.m.

Interested in becoming a President’s Club member?  For more information or to join the President’s Club, contact Audrie Palmer, development director, at 432.683.2882 x 303 or click here.


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