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The House Twain and Tiffany Built
Thursday, October 17
Museum Members $5; Public $15. Buy tickets
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The Hartford home of Mark Twain and his family was designed to be a showstopper, a visual representation of the celebrated author who lived within its picturesque Gothic frame. To create grand interiors on par with Twain’s mounting success, Louis C. Tiffany & Co., Associated Artists, was commissioned in 1881, the same year the firm redecorated the state rooms of President Chester Arthur’s White House. Tiffany and his partners—Candace Wheeler, Lockwood DeForest, and Samuel Coleman—adorned Twain’s home’s public spaces with rich motifs derived from exotic regions of the world such as Turkey, China, Morocco, India, and Japan.
During this final lecture of the 2013 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series season, Patti Philippon of the Mark Twain House & Museum will take the audience on a visual tour of the splendor still to be found in the restored mansion, while exploring the meaning behind design choices made by the family as well as Louis C. Tiffany & Co. and other interior designers.
This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2013 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which 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.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended.
About the Speaker
Patti Philippon is the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Chief Curator of the Mark Twain House & Museum. Philippon is responsible for the care, ongoing restoration and interpretation of the historic Mark Twain House, a National Historic Landmark. She is also responsible for the development, presentation and interpretation of the museum’s collections of 19th and early 20th century fine and decorative art, rare books, photographs and archives.
Photo: The Mark Twain House Front Hall, courtesy of the Mark Twain House & Museum.
Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11
Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more
Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17
Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticello returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more
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