September 11, 2013

The Driehaus Museum Announces the Final Two Lectures in the 2013 Nickerson Lecture Series

Two lectures remain in the Driehaus Museum’s popular Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series season, taking place on September 19 and October 17.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939
Jason T. Busch, Chief Curator and Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art
Thursday, September 19

Decorative arts displayed at the world’s fairs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries represented the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements of their time and demonstrated how innovative design could positively affect modern living. Busch elaborates on how objects at the fairs represented inventive and revived fabrication techniques, cross-cultural influences, nationalistic inspiration, and folkloric traditions.

The House Twain and Tiffany Built
Patti Philippon, Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator, Mark Twain House & Museum
Thursday, October 17

In 1881, Louis C. Tiffany & Co., Associated Artists was commissioned to adorn Mark Twain’s Hartford home with rich motifs derived from exotic regions of the world such as Turkey, China, Morocco, India, and Japan. The audience will enjoy a visual tour of the splendor still to be found in the restored mansion as Philippon discusses the meaning behind Tiffany and Twain’s design choices.

Each lecture begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Museum members and $15 for the public. To purchase tickets, click here.

About the Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series

The Nickerson Lecture Series explores the milieu in which Samuel Nickerson operated and the principles in art, architecture, and design that governed the creation of his remarkable home. The program serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

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