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Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture Series

Museum construction moves lectures to Harrison Opera House

NORFOLK, Va. – (August 2012) – The Norfolk Society of Arts (NSA) is pleased to announce this year’s fascinating array of speakers and topics. Each lecture begins at 11 a.m., following a coffee reception at 10:30 a.m. The lectures are free and open to the public, with preferred seating for NSA members

To accommodate construction at the Chrysler Museum of Art, all of this season’s lectures will be held at The Harrison Opera House, 160 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk. Free parking is available in the north side lot of the Opera House.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Andy Warhol: Consumption x Production
Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Discover how one of the 20th century's most innovative artists forged an indelible legacy as a pioneer by ignoring art-world taboos and incorporating fashion and celebrity culture into his pop art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (The Mabel Brown Lecture)
A Curator’s Perspective on the New American Painting and Sculpture Galleries at The Met
Betsy Kornhauser, Senior Curator, American Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Met opened its new American Wing in January 2012. Find out how these new and reinterpreted gallery spaces help visitors experience the history of American art from the 18th through early 20th centuries.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
From the Fridge to the Oven
Julián Zugazagoitia, Director, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Why Opera Matters
Marc Scorca, President/CEO, OPERA America, New York

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Surprises in Store: Recent Discoveries at Yale University Art Gallery
Ian McClure, Susan Morse Hilles Chief Conservator, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Telling the World About Glass: 60 Years of Collecting, Teaching, and Demonstrating at The Corning Museum of Glass
Karol Wight, Executive Director, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y.

Mid-April 2013 (Annual Meeting/End-of-Season Benefit Luncheon)
A special guest speaker and lecture date will be announced in the fall. These benefit luncheon tickets will go on sale in 2013.

The Norfolk Society of Arts promotes and enhances the cultural life of South Hampton Roads through lectures, special events, and financial support to the Chrysler Museum of Art. Membership is open to all current Museum Members. It was formed in 1917, and its effort led to the opening of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1933, which became the Chrysler Museum of Art in 1973, after Mr. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. gave his outstanding art collection to the City of Norfolk. NSA was also instrumental in the founding of other community organizations including the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the Norfolk Little Theatre, and the Tidewater Artists Association.

Through the years, NSA has supported the Chrysler with lectures, concerts, recitals, and monetary contributions exceeding $220,000. NSA contributed to the renovation of the conservation library and to new sound systems in Huber Court and the Kaufman Theatre. The organization also provided funding for transportation for the City of Norfolk public school groups to come to the Chrysler Museum as well as for the Museum to acquire a Digital Asset Management System, which facilitates use of the extensive collection of digital images. In 2011, NSA contributed $20,000.00 towards the publishing of a new glass catalogue. With the 100-year anniversary approaching, NSA has established The Norfolk Society of Arts Second Century Fund to commemorate its proud past and to promote its mission into the second century.

For more information about the Society or NSA membership, please contact Didi Granger at (757) 620-6533 or email her at


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