Lectures

 

For more information on lectures or for a reservation, please call 800.448.3883.


Hillwood Estate

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.
 


Courtesy Stephen W. Hayes

“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.

 

"The Personal Automobiles of Henry Francis and Ruth Wales du Pont, 1916-1969: Grand Motorcars of a Great American Country Home" 

Saturday, May 21

1:00 pm, Rotunda

 

Join Gregory Landrey, Dwight and Lorri Lanmon Director of Academic Affairs, as he discusses the du Ponts' array of automobiles. Members free. Students free with valid ID. Included with admission.


"Automobile Advertising in the 1950s, from Vogue to Sports Illustrated to Television.  Selling the 'New Look of Beauty' "


Saturday, May 28

1:00 pm, Rotunda


Join Gregory Landrey, Dwight and Lorri Lanmon Director of Academic Affairs, for insight into advertising of automobiles in the 1950s. Members free. Students free with valid ID. Included with admission.
 


 

Additional Lectures

 

Lecture: “The Manila Galleon Trade and the Decorative Arts of Colonial Latin America”


Thursday, June 9

12:15–1:15 pm, Rotunda


Assistant Director and Curator of Decorative Arts Margaret E. Connors McQuade, The Hispanic Society of America, explores the history of the Manila Galleon trade and examines the production of decorative arts that responded to the fascination for the Asian style in the New World. Rotunda. Members free. Included with admission.


Lecture: “The Role of Religious Orders in the Introduction of Asian Arts to the Americas”



Tuesday, June 21

6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall


Gauvin Alexander Bailey, professor and Alfred and Isabel Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, will examine how missionaries from Catholic religious orders, such as the Jesuits and Franciscans, because of their privileged position in the vanguard of European expansion into both Asia and Native America, were able to connect visual cultures of profoundly different peoples across vast distances. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Reservations encouraged.

 


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