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Museum of Art Reading Art Book Club will Discuss Art Restoration 2017

The Las Cruces Museum of Art’s monthly Reading Art Book Club will host an open, group discussion on the book Dark Water: Art, Redemption, and Disaster in Florence by Robert Clark at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom, 411 N. Main St.

The book is about much more than the disastrous 1966 flooding of Florence, Italy. First, it includes a look at Florence during World War II connecting the disparate artistic sensibilities of Mussolini, Hitler, and legendary art historians Bernard Berenson, and Frederick Hartt. To a greater extent, it relates a compelling, moment by moment, description of the flood with an emphasis on human interest.

It introduces some of the complex issues of art restoration, and finally, Dark Water is a very personal reflection. Clark introduces characters, the Arno River itself becomes a living presence, who experience the flood firsthand and he then weaves the common threads of their lives up to the present.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event