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American Aesthetic: Clyde Burroughs Dinner Lecture Series on American Art & Design

This 2015-2016 evening lecture series at the Scarab Club explores the contributions of leading figures in American art and design from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries.

Join us for one, or all five of these engaging evening lectures, delivered by distinguished, nationally ranked American art and design specialists.

Dinner & Lecture
Members $50
Non-Members $65

Lecture only
Members / Students $15
Non-members $20

Season Tickets
Members $225
Non-members $300

All of the lectures follow the same schedule:
6:00P.M. Cocktail hour
7:00P.M. Dinner
8:00 P.M. Lecture

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Speaker: David Parker
President, Associated Artists, New York, NY

Behind many of the 19th and early 20th century’s most celebrated artworks and artists were their patrons. Noteworthy in their own right, these businessmen, entrepreneurs, industrialists, intellects, and collectors, including William H. Vanderbilt and Mark Twain, used their fortunes and names to engage promising aesthetes in the beautification of their homes commissions that not only catapulted and solidified careers of history’s most innovative tastemakers, but also yielded some of the modern world’s most significant designs. Architect and antiquarian David Parker traces the evolution of the Aesthetic Movement through it’s patrons, its artists and the stories of their commissions, showcasing the most important decorative arts of the late 19th century.

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David Parker is Partner at Associated Artists, LLC, one of the nation’s preeminent Aesthetic era antiques galleries. He has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and other publications through both Associated Artists and the award-winning architectural firm, David Scott Parker Architects, of which David is Principal.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Speaker: Jonathan Stuhlman
Curator of American Art, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

In 1913 both Alson Skinner Clark and Jonas Lie created a dynamic series of paintings after visiting the Panama Canal During the final phases of its construction. Prior to their trips south, each had achieved a respectable reputation in the American art world and seemed poised to make the leap to the next level of his career. Each felt that their Panama Canal series had the potential to propel them to the forefront of the American art world. This talk will examine how both artists came to paint the Canal, the reception that their paintings of its construction received, and the way these paintings impacted their careers after the Canal opened.

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Stuhlman has been the Curator of American Art at the Mint since 2006; he assumed responsibility for the museum’s Modern and Contemporary Collection and joined the museum’s Senior Leadership team in 2013. He was previously the Anne and Harold Berkley Smith Curator of American Art at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; a McIntire Curatorial Fellow at the University of Virginia Art Museum; a Curatorial Assistant in the departments of American Arts and Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; a Research Associate in the department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Assistant Director of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. At the Mint, Stuhlman has organized numerous exhibitions, including Quiet Spirit, Skillful Hand: The Graphic Work of Clare Leighton; Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford; From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland; Double Solitaire: The Surrealist Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy; Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s; Gordon Onslow Ford: Voyager and Visionary; and Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100. He oversaw the reinstallation of the Mint’s collection of American Art at Mint Museum Uptown in 2010. Stuhlman received a B.A. with honors in Art History from Bowdoin College; an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a PhD in the History of Art at the University of Virginia, where his dissertation focused on the work of the Surrealist painter Yves Tanguy.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Speaker: Nancy Sojka
Curator of Prints and Drawings, DIA

This presentation focuses on the strongest holdings in the museum’s collection which includes more than 2,500 drawings by Thomas Cole, the masterset of prints by Martin Lewis, exceptional watercolors by Charles Burchfield, and many more interesting groups of work from the 19th century to present.

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Thursday, Match 31, 2016
Speaker: Susan Larkin
Independent Art Historian and Scholar

By the time of his death in 1932, Emil Carlsen was represented by paintings in museums across the country. Called “the most accomplished master of still-life painting today,” he had won prestigious awards and critical acclaim. Susan Larkin surveys the varied influences of his work, compares his still lifes with those of his friends J. Alden Weir and Willaim Merrit Chase, and asks what he contributed to the history of still-life paintings in the United States.

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Susan G. Larkin, independent art historian, is the author of The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore (National Academy of Design and Yale University Press, 2001) and was the curator of the exhibition of that title. She is the author of American Impressionism: The Beauty of Work (Bruce Museum, 2005) and Top Cats: The Life and Times of the New York Public Library Lions (2006), and, with H. Barbara Weinberg, co-author of American Impressionists Abroad and at Home: Paintings from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001). She has contributed essays to the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition catalogue The Armory Show at 100 (2013); the Metropolitan Museum’s catalogue Childe Hassam: American Impressionist (2004), and the collections catalogues of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, and New Britain Museum of Art. She received her Ph. D. from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Speaker: Nicholas Vincent
Manager of Collection Planning, Metropolitan Museum

Although little is known today, George A. Schastey (1839-1894) operated one of the largest and most successful cabinetmaking and decorating firms of the late nineteenth century, rivaling Herter Brothers in its quality and scope. This talk will highlight his firm’s distinctive aesthetic, with particular emphasis on the MET’s newly installed 1881 Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room and the accompanying special exhibition, Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age (December 15, 2015-May 1, 2016.)

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Nicholas Vincent is the Manager of Collections Planning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he supervises collections management, art storage, and installation planning across the institution.  Nick joined the Met in 2007 and was part of the core team responsible for the comprehensive renovation of the American Wing, completed in 2012.  Most recently, he oversaw the installation of the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room and co-organized, with curator Nonnie Frelinghuysen, the exhibition Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age.

A graduate of the Attingham Summer School, Nick holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an MA in arts administration from NYU.

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