Art Crimes Film Series

  • Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • 515.277.4405
  • Hours | Directions

  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Hours | Directions

All films will be screened at 1:30 pm in Levitt Auditorium.


  • How to Steal a Million (1966)

    Sunday, August 3

    How to Steal a Million is a romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.

    William Wyler, director / 123 minutes / Not rated but suitable for PG audiences

  • Stolen (2006)

    Sunday, August 10

    The shocking 1990 theft of 13 masterworks from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum brings together historical figures, curators, authors, investigative reporters, and organized crime in this fascinating documentary. Art detective Harold Smith stands in the center of all this, working tirelessly to solve what many believe to be the largest art heist in modern history.

    Rebecca Dreyfus, director / 85 minutes / Not rated but suitable for PG audiences

  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

    Sunday, August 17

    A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

    John Mc Tiernan, director / 113 minutes / Rated R

  • The Rape of Europa (2006)

    Sunday, August 24

    Discover the incredible true story of George Clooney’s The Monuments Men in The Rape of Europa, an epic journey through seven countries, which delves into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden, and stolen treasures.

    Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham, directors / 117 minutes / Not rated but suitable for PG audiences

Learn more about Iowa’s George Stout, the character played by
George Clooney in The Monument’s Men when Nancy Trask,
library director, Winterset Public Library and a personal friend of
the Stout family, presents a lecture on August 28. Click HERE for
more information.