Lectures

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

Lunchtime Lecture: "Creativity/Ambition/Reputation: Opportunity and Constraint in Rural Cabinetmaking"

Thursday, June 7

12:15 pm, Rotunda

How did country cabinetmakers learn new designs? Build reputations? Balance their creative impulses with the often conservative tastes of their customers? Joshua W. Lane, Lois f. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture, explores these questions and draws on examples of furniture in the current exhibition Rural Exuberance: Ambitious Furniture of the American Countryside. Members free. Included with admission.

Desk, New Hampshire, 1780-1820. Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont 1956.522

Dining by Design Evening Lecture: "Transparency at the Table: Contents and Customs of American Glass"

Tuesday, June 12

6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

From stately sugar bowls and compotes to celery vases and cup plates, forms in American glass evolved dramatically over the course of the nineteenth century, and no place showed off your etiquette in using glass better than the dining table. Join Kelly Conway, curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, to explore how changing glass technology and designs for American tables revealed so much more than the liquid and sugary contents held within. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Claret Decanter in “Crystal City” or “Wedding Ring” Pattern, 1892. J. Hoare & Company. Silver manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island. Blown, tooled, cut, polished, engraved glass; repoussé sterling silver. Overall H: 39.9 cm, W: 16.3 cm, D: 13.4 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (2004.4.14). Photo courtesy, Corning Museum of Glass

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