Lectures

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Winterthur 101 Lecture: "From Idea to Installation: Creating an Exhibition"

Sunday, May 20

1:00, Copeland Lecture Hall

Did you know that an exhibition can take years to create and involve dozens of people? Join senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie Grigsby, curator of Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table, to learn what was involved—from picking and conserving objects to laying out display cases and selecting wall colors and more—in bringing Dining by Design to life. Members free. $15 per nonmember.

Scenes of Chinese figures in outdoor settings decorate this tureen and stand.

Scenes of Chinese figures in outdoor settings decorate this tureen and stand. Gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff 2003.47.18a-c

Lecture: "Hepplewhite and Sheraton: Ordinary Artisans, Extraordinary Impact"

Sunday, June 3

1:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

Hepplewhite and Sheraton: the fame of these two figures rests on the design books that bear their names, but who were George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton? Join Brock Jobe, Winterthur's Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, for a fascinating look at two familiar names with unfamiliar backgrounds. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Ladies writing desk, ca.1795-1810. Museum purchase 1957.0068

Ladies writing desk, ca.1795-1810. Museum purchase 1957.0068

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 tehse questions and draws on examples of furniture in the current exhibition Rural Exuberance: Ambitious Furniture of the American Countryside. Members free. Included with admission.

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. $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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