upcoming events

Jun 3, 2017


Annual Meeting: Celebrating Brooks' 100th Anniversary

Decorative Arts Trust will use the occasion of Brooks Museum's 100th Anniversary to host the Annual Meeting at the museum. The morning will begin with a lecture by Ellenor Alcorn, curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (See previous entry.) Her talk will be followed by a tour of the 100th Anniversary Exhibition before all gather for announcements, lunch and live music on the terrace to close out DAT's spring programming. RSVPs are required by June 1. Email evthompson22@outlook.com.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jun 3, 2017


English Goldsmiths and the Entrepreneurial Tradition

Despite a relatively weak tradition of formal training or court patronage, English silversmiths were endlessly resourceful in forging new markets, finding skilled workers and adapting stylistic models from across Europe and Asia. They were part of a creative culture that embraced independence, diversity and enterprise, issues that resonate profoundly in America today. Ellen Alcorn will discuss the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the British decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the outstanding collections of silver and placing them in the context of British design history.

Ellenor Alcorn is a Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was previously a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Consulting Curator for the Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This program is free and open to the public with Museum admission.

Location: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George 901 753-4060

Oct 14, 2017


Tartan Tales: Lecture by Curt DeCamillo

From the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Croatia to Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast, historian and raconteur Curt DiCamillo will lead a romping, fascinating tour through Scottish history using architecture and great houses as his guide. Some tales are about eccentric owners, like the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who built Mount Stuart, a massive 19th century Gothic revival masterpiece on a remote Scottish island, while other stories highlight fabulous houses still in private hands, including Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Drumlanrig Castle, owned by the Duke of Buccleuch and home to the only Leonardo Da Vinci painting in the world in private hands. This wide-ranging lecture will paint a rich story of Scotland that will leave you breathless. Kidnappings, bloody battles, and cannibalism – these, together with glittering silver, timeless portraits, and some of the world’s finest Chippendale furniture, all play parts in this fast-paced and unique compilation of Scottish history. Only Scotland could offer such a tale!

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

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 18, 2017


DAT Travels to Philadelphia

Enjoy the fall foliage of the Brandywine Valley as we visit the DuPont estates of Winterthur and Nemours as part of the four-night itinerary planned for a trip to Philadelphia. We'll have guided tours of historic homes, docent-led visits to the Barnes Collection and other museums, plus free time to explore the highlights of the city. The package includes welcoming cocktails and dinner aboard the Moshulu at Penn's Landing,  accommodations at the Franklin Hotel at Independence Park with daily breakfast, all guides and motor coach transportation, two lunches and one dinner. A donation to Decorative Arts Trust is included in the tour price of $2,714 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement is $705.  For additional information, email Marsha Strickland (mstrickland@regencytravel.net) or Terry Beaty (tbeaty@regencytravel.net).

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Contact: mstrickland@regencytravel.net

Dec 14, 2017


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 members will celebrate the occasion with a guided tour and party in the Grand Concourse of the main building. 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

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