Neal Hurst, photo by J. Ritchie Garrison
Lea Lane, photo by J. Ritchie Garrison

“Thesis Topics with American Materials Culture Class of 2015”

Thursday, April 16
12:15 pm, Rotunda

Neal Hurst and Lea Lane, members of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Class of 2015, will present their thesis research. Hurst will present “18th-Century Men’s Summer Dress in the American South,” and Lea will present “Carving Pipes in Civil War Prison Camps.” Members free. Included with admission.


"Living Artfully"

Tuesday, April 21
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

Estella M. Chung, curator of American Material Culture & Historian, head of Oral History, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens presents Living Artfully. It is a vibrant and intimate picture of life in the three magnificent residences of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her guests, and staff. From 1957 onward she lived in stately Hillwood in Washington, D.C., for spring and autumn; retreated to Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks for the summer; and enjoyed the winter season at Mar-A-Lago, her glamorous villa in Palm Beach. Author and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens curator Estella M. Chung’s lecture draws on the recollections of Post’s butler, property caretaker, head gardener, estate superintendent, and distinguished guests to reveal the lively inner workings and polished hospitality of her homes from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Their stories offer a glimpse into Post’s many talents and sense of humor as well as her idiosyncrasies. Members $5. Nonmembers $15.Book signing to follow.



Anna Marley, photo by Barbara Katus
Photo courtesy Monacelli Press

“The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement”

Tuesday, May 5
6:00 pm, Copeland

Anna O. Marley, curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, tells the story of American Impressionist artists and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century, bringing together paintings, sculpture, books, and stained glass. The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887–1920, is on view through May 24, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Reservations encouraged. Book signing to follow.

“Narratives of Manners and Style: The Houses of Cross & Cross”

Tuesday, May 19
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of the new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross, for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and Eliot Cross counted the country’s richest and most influential figures among their clients, yet they tended to gravitate toward an unpretentious luxury—a polite and historically embedded expression of their wealth. They designed several magnificent Colonial Revival houses in New York as well as country houses in fashionable areas such as Long Island’s North Shore and East End, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Far Hills, New Jersey. Most notably, they designed J. Watson and Electra Havemeyer Webb’s Brick House in Shelburne, Vermont (now part of the Shelburne Museum), Chestertown House in Southampton for H. F. du Pont, and the childhood home of famed decorator Sister Parish in Far Hills, New Jersey. Pennoyer and Walker will share gorgeous photos of these homes and insight into the people who lived there and will discuss the influences the Cross brothers used while designing each property. Members $5. Nonmembers $15. Book signing to follow.

Winterthur Invitational
Historic Autos Lectures

Saturday, May 30
1:00 pm

Gregory Landrey, director of Academic Affairs at Winterthur Museum, examines cars, colors, and advertising in the 1950s. He’ll discuss how color was used creatively on the vehicles themselves as well as in the advertisement of the product to entice the buyer in a highly competitive and rapidly evolving automotive industry. Drawing comparisons between fashions from the era and the marketing of automobiles, Mr. Landrey will highlight advertisements from various popular publications including Vogue, Esquire, Look, Life, The National Geographic, and others. Members free. Included with admission.

Maureen Footer, photo by Zev Starr-Tambour

“George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic”

Tuesday, June 9
6:00 pm, Copeland

Maureen Footer, ASID, will discuss trailblazing decorator George Stacey, who shot to prominence in the 1930s with projects for socialite Frances Cheney and style priestess Diana Vreeland. The audacity of his work caught the eye of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, and House & Garden. An appealing nonchalance and irreverence, combined with erudition, a flair for color, and an innate grasp of balance, scale, and proportion produced rooms that were surprising and sophisticated. Balancing modern aesthetics and modern living with a lifelong passion for French classicism ensured that Stacey's designs were both of the moment and enduring. For the next 40 years, he deftly produced a string of stylish rooms for his clientele. While Stacey’s approach remained constant, he captured the nuances of an exceptionally dynamic era and established a design vocabulary that defined American chic and endures to this day. Members $5. Nonmembers $15. Book signing to follow.

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