2014 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. 


Courting Classics: Tradition and Innovation in American Art at PEM
Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art
The Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, January 25, 2:30 p.m.

A taste for classical style and traditions has shaped the production of American art and PEM's collections. This lecture highlights key examples from the American art collection at PEM to explore classical taste and its evolution in the objects, their interpretation and presentation in the museum's galleries.


Masters and Masterworks of American Marine Art
Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History
The Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.

This talk will explore some of the greatest American marine paintings and decorative arts along with the techniques, intentions and cultural milieus of the artists who created them. What makes a masterpiece of maritime art? How can something be interpreted as a work of "maritime" vs. "fine" art, and can it be both? Works by Buttersworth, Lane and other well-acknowledged masters of the genre will be examined alongside those of little known or even anonymous artists whose creations nonetheless reveal comparable talent.


Around the World of Art and Culture---in 12 Objects or Less
Lynda Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator
The Peabody Essex Museum
Sunday, January 26, 2:30 p.m.

The Peabody Essex Museum is a museum of global art and culture, from the Americas to Asia and the Pacific. Chief Curator Lynda Hartigan takes you on a journey around the world of PEM's collection through a select group of works treasured for their aesthetic quality and the rich and diverse stories they tell about the intersection of art, culture, and creative expression.


The Other Export Arts: Indian Export Textiles and Luxury Goods for America

Karina Corrigan, H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art
The Peabody Essex Museum
Sunday, January 26, 4:00 p.m.

In 1784, the ship United States departed from Philadelphia for Pondicherry, becoming the first American vessel to land on the Indian subcontinent and ushering in a period of lucrative, direct trade in luxury goods from India. Fashionable American women announced both their affluence and their taste for the exotic by adorning themselves in Indian cotton, silk, and wool. Culinary, linguistic and even philosophical trends in the 19th century also bore evidence of Americans’ increased knowledge of Indian culture – Indian ginger and spices enhanced meals on American tables and Hindi words such as pajamas, bungalow, juggernaut, and Brahmins were introduced into the English language.


Carving an American Style, the Genius of Samuel McIntire
Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts
The Peabody Essex Museum
Monday, January 27, 2:30 p.m.

Celebrated as both an architect and wood carver, Samuel McIntire’s work continues to excite collectors and scholars interested in the art and culture of Federal America. McIntire (1757-1811) played a critical role in developing a taste for ornamental carving that expressed the aspirations of the new nation. Dean Lahikainen, an authority on McIntire’s work and the author of an award winning book on his carving career, will share some of his insights in how to authenticate McIntire’s carvings, particularly on furniture.