"The Art of Scenery: A Tale of the Picturesque Garden in America" with John Tschirch, Architectural Historian

James Paine’s Roman Bridge of 1770 in Capability Brown’s Temple Wood, a pleasure garden created from 1765 at Weston Park, Shropshire
October 6, 2018 - 1:45pm2:45pm

Developed first in Britain by the capable hands of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the English garden embraced the S-shaped path, known as the “line of beauty,” the irregular layout of plantings and long vistas through stretches of grass unencumbered by the formal gardens, rigidly planned flower beds and precisely clipped trees of previous centuries.

Garden Palaces in Glass: A History of Conservatories with John Tschirch, Architectural Historian

The cast iron Gothic Conservatory at Carlton House, London in circa 1811
October 6, 2018 - 11:30am12:30pm

The history of conservatories: It is a story of taste, travel, and technology. By the mid-18th century, industrial technology produced the iron and glass necessary for the full-scale development of conservatories. Empress Josephine received the Tsar of all the Russias in her glass palace, where she exhibited the finest specimens of roses, orchids, palms, and other delicate blooms. The trend was followed by countless aristocrats and the newly minted millionaires of the 19th century each created conservatories to grace their estates.

"The Artist Paints in Print: Textile Design in Mid-Century America" with Leigh Wishner, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum

Alexander Calder for Laverne Originals "Contempora" series, "Calder #1", 1949
September 11, 2018 - 7:30pm9:00pm

Join us as Ms. Wishner fashions a captivating tale of the rise of artist-designed textiles in America. In 1955, the American firm D.B. Fuller & Co. launched the Modern Master series of printed cottons and rayons. These artistic fabrics—sixty in all—were the result of Daniel Fuller’s collaboration with five of the European contemporary artists: Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Raoul Dufy.

Docent Lecture: "Casanova: A Journey Through the Luxurious Arts of the 18th Century", by Rita Dunlay

Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (Italian, 1697–1768), "Entrance to the Grand Canal," ca. 1730
April 8, 2018 - 12:30pm1:30pm

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy but also in France and England, and his travels took him as far afield as the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg.

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