2015 Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

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


Treasures Beyond Tibet:
Arts of Asia at the Newark Museum

DELAYED DUE TO WINTER STORM JUNO. This lecture will now be given on:

Wednesday, January 28

2:30 pm

             Katherine Paul


Katherine Anne Paul
Curator, Arts of Asia

Most famous for its Tibetan collection, the Asian collections of the Newark Museum present spectacular, world-class works of art from all regions of Asia. The collection of Asian works of art numbers over 30,000—almost double the holdings of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco—but other than its Tibetan collection the holdings are relatively unknown. This illustrated lecture will reveal highlights of the collection from all regions of Asia while illuminating the Museum’s distinct collecting history.

Curating a Continent:
African Art at the Newark Museum

Thursday, January 29
2:30 pm


 Christa Clarke

Christa Clarke
Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa

The Newark Museum has been at the forefront of American art museums in its representation of the arts of Africa, acquiring works beginning in 1917 and first exhibiting African art in 1926.  Works of art in Newark’s wide-ranging collections span the entire continent, from a 17th century Ethiopian religious icon to a dazzling beadwork ensemble made for a Zulu bride in South Africa in the 1960s. This lecture surveys the museum’s unique history of collecting – past and present – including its recent emphasis on contemporary arts of global Africa.

Mansions and Millionaires:
The Transformation of Taste
in America’s Gilded Age

Friday, January 30
2:30 pm


       Ulysses G. Dietz
Ladies Secretary

Ulysses G. Dietz
Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts

Notions of how wealthy Americans should live was forever changed by the explosion of wealth in the aftermath of the Civil War. At first, newly-minted American millionaires sought out things that were luxurious, costly and modern. They also insisted on the American-ness of the houses they built and the interiors with which they filled them. By the late 1880s, however, those at the top of the American social pyramid began to see that old foreign things with aristocratic histories were even more desirable than anything modern, no matter how opulent, because they were rarer and had an aura of power about them.  Thus, by 1900, even as the Arts & Crafts movement is getting underway in America, America’s financial elite turned their back on modern and embraced everything old and European.  Not only did this dramatically change the way their houses looked, but it changed the way American museums evolved. Even after World War I ended the party, the idea of what “good taste” was in America had changed for the next century.