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Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture Series

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Chief Curator Lloyd DeWitt, left, and Alex Mann, our former Brock Curator for American Art, admiring the NSA's centennial gift to the museum. For more on the story, click here.

The Norfolk Society of Arts promotes and enhances the cultural life of the South Hampton Roads community through lectures, special events, and financial support to the Chrysler Museum of Art.

NSA membership is open to all Chrysler Museum Members and art lovers across Hampton Roads.

For more information about Society membership, , please contact Susan Comer at (757) 484-3910 or

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We thank the Norfolk Society of Arts for a full slate of distinguished speakers in their 2016-17 lecture series. For a look at the history of the NSA, and their wonderful gift to the Museum in honor of their centennial year, click here.

2016-17 Speakers

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Brandy Culp
Culp and Associates, Charleston, S.C.
An Eye for Opulence: The Art and Architecture of Colonial to Antebellum Charleston
Early Charleston was known for its wealth and insatiable appetite for luxury items. Learn the stories, both good and bad, behind the city’s golden era and its finest architecture, furnishings, and art.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
(The Mabel Brown Lecture)

Tim Knox
Director and Marlay Curator, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion and Sir John Soane: Two Regency Collectors and Their Museums
Two very different collectors—one of high rank and riches, the other a bricklayer’s son-turned-architect—founded museums that bear their name. Discover the surprising connections between their lives and legacies.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Denise Markonish
Curator, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Mass.
Contemporary Art + Wonder at MASS MoCA
Hear the story of one of America's liveliest venues for making and displaying today’s most evocative art. Find out how Mass MoCA morphs the boundaries between visual, literary, and performing arts.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Leo G. Mazow, Ph.D.
Cochrane Curator of American Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va.
Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper: Versions of the West

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Sarah Greenough
Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Looking In: Robert Frank and 1950s American Photography

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gary Garrels
Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The New SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection

Monday, May 1, 2017

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
President, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design, and London Parks and Gardens Trust
The Dramatic Potential of Landscape