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Nov 18, 2017

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House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth

Lady Burlington, Countess of Burlington, began her professional career as an international fashion model. She is a former fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and has been a member of the British Fashion Council since 2010. Married to the aristocratic photographer Bill Burlington, her search for a christening gown for her newborn son led her to rummage through the families' textile collection at Chatsworth. This search, with her mother-in-law the Duchess of Devonshire, not only resulted in the selection of a christening gown, but was also the impetus for a groundbreaking exhibition at Chatsworth showcasing five centuries of historic costumes and fashions worn by the Cavendish family.

Lady Burlington will lead us through some of the family collection, showing images of drawings, paintings and photographs in the Chatsworth collection, as well as archival examples of dresses and accessories—including costumes of Jean-Philippe Worth and Alexander McQueen.

The presentation is free and open to the public with museum admission. Please come and bring a friend.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 9, 2017

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Going Modern: The Impact of Art on American interiors 1918-35

 

The 1920s and early 1930s saw a seismic shift in lifestyles and artistic tastes. Americans, both artists and patrons, who flooded back to Paris after the devastation of World War I had already started to bring European-born and trained designers and artists to the United States.  The interconnectedness of the arts, from sculptors and painters who also worked in design fields to designers seeing patterns and forms in the fine arts, was more visible than ever. Modern apartment living brought more open plans and relaxed room arrangements that featured screens and sculpture being used in interiors in new ways.

 

Sarah Coffin is Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in New York City. A distinguished expert in the field of 17th- and 18th-century decorative and applied arts, Coffin has worked extensively on 18th-century and Arts and Crafts Movement English and American silver and furniture among other objects of the period.

 

The presentation has been scheduled to coincide with the special sculpture exhibition "Coming to America. It is free and open to the public with Brooks admission. Please come and bring a friend.

 

 

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 14, 2017

Crosstown

Rebirth: A Tour of Crosstown Concourse

Few could imagine when the Sears company closed its last operation at its Crosstown location in 1997 that the giant behemoth of a building would later become the largest re-development project in the city of Memphis. Opened to much fanfare in 1927, the building will complete its rebirth in the year of its 90th anniversary.

Decorative Arts Trust Patrons and other Upper-level members will celebrate the occasion with a guided tour and holiday party in the Grand Concourse of the main building with entertainment and dancing to the music of Joyce Cobb. Please note: Due to the number of guides required for each small group, no guests may attend.

Location: Watkins at Cleveland Streets

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

Feb 3, 2018

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Papier Peints with Carolle Thibaut-Pomeraantz

Carolle Thibaut-Pomeranz has dealt privately and served as art consultant to corporations, collectors and designers for over twenty-five years, in the field of European Decorative Arts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, sharing her time between Paris and New York.

Within this field, her expertise is French Antique Wallpapers from the late eighteenth century to the Art Deco period. Pomeranz has pioneered the rediscovery of this unique art form within the decorative arts. Today many of these wall paper panels hang in private and public collections, such as the Chicago Art Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, as well as the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

Ms. Thibaut-Pomeranz will bring to Brooks a special exhibit of selected panels from the Thibaut archives. Her book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

The presentation is free and open to the public with museum admission. Please come and bring a friend.

 

 

 

Location: Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Mar 17, 2018

Waddesdon Manor V2

The Rothchild Style, a presentation by Ulrich Leben

 

From their origins in Frankfurt's Jewish ghetto, the Rothchilds became the most powerful banking family of the 19th century. The five brothers, symbolised by the five arrows on their family crest, set up a multinational bank in Europe's financial capitals.

Baron Ferdinand, the builder of Waddesdon Manor, was born in Paris, raised in Frankfurt and Vienna, and moved permanently to England in 1860. He married once to his distant cousin Evelina who died only one year later in childbirth along with their child. Ferdinand devoted his energy to travel and collecting works of art. He was intrigued by history, particularly of 18th century France, so when he decided to build a country home to entertain his friends and display his treasures, he looked to the chateaus of France for his model. His social circle spanned from the royals to historians, explorers and writers. He became a Member of Parliament and was a trustee of the British Museum.

Ulrich Leben is the Associate Curator of Furniture, The Rothchild Collection, at Waddesdon Manor and Special Exhibition Curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He is a scholar of European decorative and fine arts and has lent his expertise to several international exhibitions. He will recount some of the history of the collection including stories of the many fascinating guests who visited.

The presentation is free and open to the public with museum admission. Please come and bring a friend.

 

Location: Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George

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