Investigators are probing whether the artwork was stolen through an inside job.The library reported both pieces missing to police on April 29, after a BPL supervisor discovered they couldn’t be found on or around April 8, according to a police report obtained by the Herald. Police estimate the piece by Durer, a German Renaissance master, which depicts Adam and Eve, is worth $600,000. The Rembrandt, a self-portrait, is worth an estimated $20,000 to $30,000.
The city is looking into how the library system — which lays claim to being the country’s “first large free municipal library” and has a $41.6 million operating budget — keeps inventory of its assets, as well as an exact chronology of who handled the items. Both Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Durer (1471-1528) are considered icons of the art world
The medals are given each year to 10 cultural institutions for their outstanding service to their communities. The 21st annual event was held in the East Room of the White House.
The film, which is reportedly titled “Chiraq”has created a lot of controversy because it compares the city’s violence to the war zones of Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly expressed his disdain for the title to Lee himself. According to NBC Chicago, Alderman Will Burns also called for the city council to cut Lee’s tax break unless he changes the film’s title. Chiraq was popularized by Chicago rappers Chief Keef and later used by stars like Kanye West, who was also raised Chi Town.
Spike Lee says “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.” The film is about “Truth,” “justice” and “peace.” Gang violence.
Lee reminded his audience that one of his earliest movies, “Do The Right Thing,” also generated criticism before its 1989 release.
“There were people who said this film is going to cause riots all across America, that black people are going to run amok,” Lee said.