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Leigh and Leslie Keno bring their Expertise to Detroit Institute of Arts - Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture topic of Keno brothers’ talk

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will host Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno, known familiarly as the Keno brothers, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. They will share stories about some of their most important discoveries, giving a behind-the-scenes peek at their work while discussing what makes American furniture so special.

For 16 years, the Keno brothers captivated PBS viewers with their insights into great American furniture. Currently, Leigh Keno directs Keno Auctions in New York City. During his more than 35 years in the auction business and as a dealer, he has helped build some of the top institutional and private collections of paintings, furniture and decorative arts in the world.

Leslie Keno is a senior specialist and director of American furniture and decorative arts at Sotheby’s, where he has led that department since 1983. He is one of the most visible American furniture experts in the country and lectures extensively.

The Keno brothers co-authored the book Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture, which recounts some of their most memorable discoveries of American masterpieces. They were also both awarded a National Humanities Medal in 2005 for their contributions to the Americana field.

Tickets: $15 for the lecture only. Tickets for the lecture, a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception and a sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m., both with the Kenos, are $125. Tickets are available by calling 313-833-4005, at the DIA box office, or online at

The program is sponsored by the DIA auxiliary Associates of the American Wing and supported by the Ida and Conrad H. Smith Fund, which was established by the Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Contact:    Pamela Marcil        313-833-7899