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Reading Art Book Club will discuss Art Restoration, April 12, 2:30 pm

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 on Wednesday, April 12, at 2:30pm in the Museum of Nature and Science classroom.

This book is about much more than the 1966 disaster. First, it includes a look at Florence during WWII 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 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 Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at:

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.

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