Evening Lecture: “Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie”
Wednesday, December 4
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
The middle region of the eastern seaboard is a particularly rich area for the study of traditional building in masonry. One of the most interesting practitioners was Richardson Brognard Okie, Jr., whose appreciation and understanding of early American domestic architecture had a lasting impact on American residential design. His combination of high and low styles made the later revival architecture both richer and more accessible to people from inside the area as well as those far beyond the original boundaries of the region.
Join James B. Garrison, architect and author of Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie , to learn about his early work in the colonial revival style, relying on applied ornament as well as creative solid geometry, to his evolution toward an even more personal style with less ornament. His architecture and the related work of his predecessors and successors is part of a continuous tradition of building that relates local materials and inspiration to universal principals. Lecture and book signing; free.
"Costumes of Downton Abbey (Members Only)"
Sunday, January 5
1:30 & 4:30 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Season 4 of the Downton Abbey television show premieres on January 5. Get yourself in a Downton Abbey state of mind with this Members-only lecture. Estate Historian Maggie Lidz gives an inside look at her trip to Cosprop in England in search of costumes for the upcoming exhibition opening in the Galleries March 1, while Director of Public Progams Jeff Groff highlights the men’s costumes, including sporting life, country life, and evening dress. Reservations required. Call 800.448.3883 for reservations.
“Kirstenbosch, The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa” with Brian Huntley
Saturday, February 1, 2014
10:00–11:00 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Kirstenbosch is a name that resonates across the horticultural and gardening world as the home of a uniquely beautiful flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty. Situated at the southern tip of Africa in the epicenter of the famously rich Cape Floral Kingdom, Kirstenbosch has been admired by visitors for more than 200 years. As executive director of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Brian Huntley tirelessly promoted and improved Kirstenbosch (and the eight other botanical gardens he directed). In this richly illustrated talk, Professor Huntley will share his insights about botanical exploration and discovery, Kirstenbosch, and South Africa. Free. Registration recommended due to limited seating. Parking available at the Brown Horticultural Learning Center (look for parking signs as you enter).
Student Lecture Series
Master’s Thesis Research Inspired by Winterthur: "Practicing Handwriting in the Nineteenth-Century and Furnishing the ‘Frontier’"
Friday, December 13
12:15 pm, Rotunda
Alexander Ames and Lauren Brincat, McNeill Fellows, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, describe their summer research as part of their master’s theses. Alex is inspired by examples of German-inspired script called Fraktur, made by Johannes Bard of Adams County, PA. His project, “Heavenly Handwriting, Teutonic Type: Rethinking the Many Meanings of Pennsylvania German Fraktur, c. 1750-1850,” investigates the cultural and intellectual context of various traditions of written communication. His research causes him to consider the place of handwriting instruction in the 21st-century classroom. Lauren studies the home and objects of English, Dutch, and Huguenot settlers in Flushing, New York in “"Flushing's John Bowne House: Furnishing a Frontier." A frontier for settlers in the 1600s and early 1700s, this section of New York City is a laboratory about how history can be meaningful to the diverse residents of 21st-century Flushing. Brown bag lunches welcome. Members free. Included with admission.