2013 Loan Exhibition Lecture Series


Lectures are held in the "Tiffany" Room at the Park Avenue Armory. Seating is on a first-come basis and is complimentary with Show admission.

Great Women of Newport
Friday, January 25, 2:30 p.m.
Trudy Coxe
Chief Executive Officer
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Women have been great cultural, social, and preservation forces in Newport, Rhode Island, a city rich in three centuries of American history and architecture. This lecture will explore the lives of some these fascinating women, including Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, whose restoration of the White House is legendary, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, a great builder and prominent suffragist, and Katherine Warren, a leading art collector and pioneering preservationist whose vision for Newport transformed the city and saved its nationally significant heritage.

Hidden Treasures: Fine and Decorative Arts in Newport
Saturday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.
Charles J. Burns
Associate Curator
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Associate Curator Charles J. Burns is currently researching the highlights from the Preservation Society’s collections. This lecture will survey a remarkable group of items from this wide ranging and eclectic collection of over 50,000 objects. Meet some of Newport’s Gilded Age hostesses as seen through portraits by some of the most important artists of the day, discover how Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt acquired an Egyptian 26th Dynasty bronze Horus Falcon, and hear about The Elms where the most complete cycle of early 18th century Venetian history painting outside of Italy came to rest.

The Architect's Dream: Great Houses of Newport, Rhode Island
Sunday, January 27, 2:30 p.m.
John R. Tschirch
Director of Museum Affairs and Architectural Historian
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Newport, Rhode Island is an architectural treasury with landmark buildings by some of the nation’s leading architects, who left a significant artistic heritage in a collection of great houses. As a fashionable summer resort during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the city became a veritable laboratory for experimentation with the most innovative designs in domestic architecture. This illustrated lecture will examine the diversity of Newport architecture including the work of legendary designers such as Richard Upjohn, Richard Morris Hunt and McKim, Mead & White.

Masterpiece: L.C. Tiffany and Stanford White Create a Newport Room
Thursday, January 31, 2:30 p.m.
Caitlin M. Emery
Research and Interpretation Coordinator
The Preservation Society of Newport County

At the time of its completion in 1881, the Kingscote dining room was unlike anything previously built in Newport, Rhode Island. Departing from earlier stylistic traditions, the space epitomizes the eclectic aesthetic that defined the early work of its designer, Stanford White, and identified the clients, Mr. and Mrs. David King Jr. as discernable patrons of the arts. Incorporating glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Kingscote dining room helped establish White as a designer and tastemaker, and illustrates the idea of “cultural fusion,” drawing inspiration from Elizabethan, Japanese, Moorish, Aesthetic and American Colonial sources.

Designing for the Vanderbilts: French Interiors for Newport
Friday, February 1, 2:30 p.m.
Paul Miller
The Preservation Society of Newport County

The confluence in nineteenth-century Newport of urbane patrons and ambitious architects fostered an evolution of high style residential design with a distinctively French flavor. The evolution of this stylistic preference can be clearly witnessed through surviving interiors in the community, interiors which in their day had a national and international impact. Mr. Miller will retrace the steps that led the American “Queen of Resorts” to adopt Parisian Belle Epoque taste.

Gilded Splendor: Preserving a Great Newport Room
Saturday, February 2, 2:30 p.m.
Charles J. Moore
Chief Conservator
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Collectors have prized Asian lacquer since the mid-sixteenth century. The Chinese export lacquer panels in the Breakfast Room at The Elms (1901) are reminiscent of those on view in their original locations at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and other great European sites. The Preservation Society’s Chief Conservator Charles J. Moore presents the work required to stabilize and preserve these important and rare objects.

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