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Lecture: “Living and Teaching in China: Experiences of a Winterthur Conservator at the Forbidden City”
Wednesday, April 27
Join Dwight and Lorri Lanmon Director of Academic Affairs Gregory Landrey and his wife Lynne Landrey as they share their experience of living in Beijing for four months in 2014 and 2015 while Gregory was teaching furniture conservation at the CRAFT training program at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The presentation will include insight into historic preservation in China, teaching in a changing-yet-traditional Chinese environment, and living in one of the world’s largest cities. Members free. Nonmembers with a general admission ticket, $8 upcharge. Nonmembers without a general admission ticket, $15. For information on Winterthur After Hours on Wednesday evenings, visit the performance page.
Made in the Americas Lunchtime Lecture Series
“Imperial Gems: The Atlantic Pearl Trade in the Early Modern Imagination”
Thursday, April 21
The Made in the Americas exhibition highlights global trade routes and connections. Among the exquisite, highly trafficked objects of this period were gemstones. Join Mónica Domínguez Torres, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Art History, University of Delaware, as she examines the early Atlantic pearl trade and some of the images it engendered. In Europe, pearls and seashells were highly desired commodities, regarded since medieval times as good omens, sources of fertility, and symbols of wisdom, truth, and beauty. Difficult to obtain, pearls demonstrated the economic power of those who possessed them. Professor Torres will discuss the role the New World pearl industry played in the production of competing portrayals of the Spanish empire. Members free. Included with admission.
“Blending the Ingredients of a National Dish: How Natives, Nuns, Abuelas, and the Aristocracy Invented Mole”
Thursday, May 12
12:15 pm, Rotunda
Tîernan Alexander, artist, amateur food historian, and recovery learning specialist at the Creative Vision Factory in Wilmington, Delaware, examines the infiltration of eastern flavors into the daily cooking of New Spain. What starts as a humble Aztec stew takes substance from Spain, spices from Asia, and techniques from the Middle East to become the National Dish of Mexico. Members free. Included with admission.
Lecture: “Interventions in Period Rooms”
Tuesday, April 26
4:30 pm, Rotunda
Valerie Hegarty, recently artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Museum, is a visual artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place, and history. Using canvas, foam core, and papier-mache to replicate paintings and antiques from early America, Hegarty creates a fantasy vision of a period room to show both its history and a symbolic twist. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winterthur Invitational Lecture Series
Join us each Saturday in May for the Winterthur Invitational: 10 Years of Excellence to see cars from the country estate era and attend enlightening lectures. For more information on the Winterthur Invitational, please visit the web page.
“Don’t Scare the Horses: The Development of the American Estate Garage”
Saturday, May 7
1:00 pm, Rotunda
Innovation and speed were the keystones of American life in the early twentieth century with the wealthy embracing every new means of transportation to move about—and to show off their success. At their country places, new types of buildings were designed to house their automobiles, and an important new type of servant was added to the estate staff list—chauffeur. Jeff Groff, director of interpretation & estate historian at Winterthur, will explore the design and function of these early garages; their evolution into key estate features; and the need to define the chauffeur’s duties, status, and relationship to fellow servants and employers. Members free. Students free with valid ID. Included with admission.
“Affluence at the Wheel: An Appreciation of Luxury Automobiles from before the Second World War”
Saturday, May 14
1:00 pm, Rotunda
Not all antique cars are created equal—although at first glance they may appear to be. The automobiles of the rich, like their mansions, were often worlds apart from those of the lowest echelons of the invention. Highlighting this distinction, Hampton Wayt, independent 20th-century design historian, will explore three predominant aspects of automobile design—mechanism, comfort, and style—as sought and enjoyed by wealthy car owners in the earliest decades of the machine’s adoption as a mode of travel. Members free. Students free with valid ID. Included with admission.