The Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum was established at IUPUI in 2004 to examine issues on the legal and business environment of the arts, and is a joint project of the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and IU Herron School of Art and Design.

Powerful people relocated the matchless Barnes Collection to downtown Philadelphia in 2012. Some say it was stolen. Watch The Art of the Steal, an award-winning documentary, and then join in an examination of the issues raised by this turn of events with expert panelists from IUPUI and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Friday, November 1, 2013
4:00 p.m. Screening of The Art of the Steal - Wynne Courtroom (Room 100)
6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - Wynne Courtroom (Room 100)
7:15 p.m. Reception - Atrium

IU McKinney School of Law
Inlow Hall
530 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Register online for free

The Art of the Steal official trailer


Kenan L. Farrell

Kenan L. Farrell, Founding Attorney of KLF Legal and Adjunct Professor at IU McKinney School of Law
Kenan Farrell teaches Art & Museum Law at his alma mater, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. His law practice encompasses intellectual property, media, entertainment and business law. He is admitted to practice in Indiana, Oregon and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also President of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA), which organizes the popular First Friday Art Tour, and is Secretary of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Farrell collects paintings and typically prefers portraiture and abstract landscapes.

Kathryn Haigh

Kathryn Haigh, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
Kathryn Haigh manages all exhibitions and collections related activities for the IMA. Before coming to the IMA in 2007 as Chief Registrar, she served in the same role at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Her professional accomplishments include developing the Museum Property Act in the State of Ohio; implementing the first collections management database at the Cincinnati Art Museum; and the completion of several grant funded collection storage re-housing projects. Haigh studied Art History at the University of Cincinnati. She has lectured on topics such as Nazi-War Era provenance, Filming and Photography Guidelines for Works of Art, Abandoned Cultural Property, Museum Registration Methods, Deaccessioning, and Legal Issues in Museum Administration.

Laura Holzman

Laura Holzman, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Herron School of Art and Design and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
In addition to being a professor, Laura Holzman is also appointed as the Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art. She holds a Ph.D. in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines contemporary visual culture, memory, and place-based identity in the United States. She is currently working on a book project that includes a study of the discourse about moving the Barnes collection to Philadelphia.

Robert A. Katz

Robert A. Katz, Professor of Law at IU McKinney School of Law and Professor of Philanthropic Studies at IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Robert Katz is an expert in the law of nonprofit organizations and is Chair of the Association of American Law School’s Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Section. His recent scholarship focuses on social enterprise and for-profit enterprises that seek to combine profitability with social mission. He has also written on nonprofit governance, Jewish hospitals and conversion foundations, victim compensation and the charitable response to 9/11, and the donation and processing of human tissue. Professor Katz teaches courses on nonprofit and philanthropy law, healthcare organizations law, the First Amendment, law and religion, property rights, and trusts and estates. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as comment editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining the law school in 2001, he was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and a trial attorney with the Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

Indiana Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit of 1.4 hour will be available free of charge (pending approval). Advance registration required.

Questions? Contact Beth Young at

Additional Free Screenings of The Art of the Steal

Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m.
Herron School of Art & Design

Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m.
IU McKinney School of Law