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Tiffany Glass Lecture Series
“Unimaginable Splendors of Color: Tiffany’s Opalescent Glass”
Wednesday, December 2
6:00 pm, Copeland
Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. This was a radical concept at the turn of the century. It broke with the centuries-old tradition of stained glass, where images were painted onto the surface of the glass. Tiffany and his artisans created "translucent pictures" using the color, texture, pattern, and opacity of the glass itself. In this illustrated lecture, Lindsy R. Parrott, director and curator, Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, New York City, explores the history of Tiffany’s glass and highlights some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows and lamps. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Lecture admission includes admission to Yuletide Jazz & Wine in the Galleries Reception Atrium on that evening. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.
“Tiffany’s ‘Gospel of Good Taste’ and the Aesthetic Revolution in American Church Design, 1877–1932”
Wednesday, December 9
6:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
From the 1870s to the 1930s, the Ecclesiastical Department of Tiffany Studios produced thousands of stained glass windows, mosaics, plaques, and pieces of liturgical furniture. The firm’s emergence onto the American decorative arts scene coincided with radical changes in American religious architecture. During the life of the studio, Americans constructed and renovated thousands of churches that were larger and more ornately furnished than they had ever been in a feverish pursuit of publicly performed good taste.
Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design staff were among the architects and interior designers who designed these buildings in a new aesthetic Probert calls “gilded religion.” Adopted primarily by Mainline Protestants, gilded religion was characterized by largeness in scale, intricacy in design, the use of saturated color, and a sense of permanence and interiority. Tiffany’s ecclesiastical furnishings characterize this movement at its most lavish and most expensive. The firm’s products—including some churches outfitted entirely by Tiffany—were expressions of a heady confidence in the economic power of the United States, in God’s favor upon the nation, and in Americans’ possession of taste that rivaled Europeans’. Join Josh Probert, Ph.D. and independent historical consultant, as he explores this connection between Tiffany Studios and American churches. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Lecture includes admission to Yuletide Jazz & Wine in the Galleries Reception Atrium on that evening. Register by calling 800.448.3883.
A Colorful Folk Lecture Series
"German & Pennsylvania German Foodways"
Saturday, November 14
1:00 pm, Copeland
An expert on 18th-century American foodways, come share Chef Walter Staib's, City Tavern, Philadelphia, passion for 18th-century cuisine. Staib will also share elements of his latest release, Black Forest Cuisine, which takes us on a mouth-watering tour of the culinary treasures found in his homeland of southwestern Germany, or Schwarzwald, known throughout Europe and beyond for its rich and internationally influenced cuisine. It's a top destination for gourmands from around the world! Staib is the driving force behind Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original 18th-century tavern. He is a top chef, restaurateur, consultant, and author. Walter Staib has made numerous appearances on local and national cooking shows and currently can be seen on the Emmy award-winning A Taste of History on PBS. Book signing to follow. Members free. $10 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID.
Lecture: “Pride and Prejudice: The South and Southern Decorative Arts”
Tuesday, November 17
6:00 pm, Copeland
At the first Williamsburg Antiques Forum in 1949, Joseph Downs, then curator of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that “little furniture of artistic merit was ever produced south of Baltimore.” A southern matron asked politely but pointedly if Mr. Downs had spoken “out of prejudice or ignorance." The battle cry that went out from that conference spawned the landmark 1952 exhibition Furniture of the Old South, 1640–1820 at the Virginia Museum and a special issue of The Magazine Antiques dedicated to southern furniture. In 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, opened. This lecture with Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur, will examine the historiography of southern decorative arts research and the mythological perceptions that have pervaded our understanding of American material culture, both north and south. $5 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Students free with valid ID. Register online or by calling 800.448.3883.
"From Winterthur to the White House: How H. F. du Pont and Jacqueline Kennedy Became Tastemakers to the Nation"
Sunday, November 22
1:00 pm, Copeland SOLD OUT
In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy called upon Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont to serve as the chairman of her newly formed Fine Arts Committee for the White House. Together, they set upon an aggressive public and private campaign to transform the interiors of the president's house from department store dowdy to museum-quality showcases of American history and decorative arts. Their collaboration, and the immense popular appeal of Mrs. Kennedy's redecoration, sparked a national wave of interest in antiques and preservation and made the White House a model for historic houses all over the country. Elaine Rice Bachmann, coauthor of Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, will present this illustrated lecture. Drawing largely from the correspondence between Mr. du Pont and Mrs. Kennedy in the Winterthur Archives, this presentation provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what remains one of the most fascinating periods in White House history. Members only. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes). Students free with valid ID. Reservations required.
“Bringing the Magic of Christmas to Winterthur”
Friday, December 4
1:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Join us for a very special lecture as Curator of Education Deborah Harper takes you on a behind-the-scenes talk of all that’s involved in putting together Yuletide at Winterthur. Enjoy stunning images of Yuletides past, learn about traditions embraced by the H. F. du Pont family, and be inspired by the beauty of this year’s Yuletide Tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beloved dried-flower Christmas tree. Members free. Included with admission. Reservations suggested.