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Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture Series

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Wednesday, January 24: American Maverick: The Extraordinary Life and Collecting Career of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. on the cover of LOOK Magazine in 1956.

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.

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2017-18 Speakers

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Colette Loll
Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights, LLC, and co-curator of
Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes,
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.
Grand Tales behind Winterthur's Exhibit of Treasures on Trial”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
(The Mabel Brown Lecture)

Barry Bergdoll
Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art
Unpacking the Archive: Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Graham C. Boettcher, PhD
The R. Hugh Daniel Director, Birmingham Museum of Art
Tiffany’s Dragons: The Viking Revival in American Art

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jeff Harrison, PhD
Chief Curator Emeritus Chrysler Museum of Art
American Maverick: The Extraordinary Life and Collecting Career of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
The Chrysler's Chief Curator Emeritus, Jeff Harrison, invites you to join him as he reminisces about Mr. Chrysler and offers insights into his legacy as one of 20th-century America's most adventurous art collectors.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. Lisa Freiman, Director
Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University
Making History: The 2011 Venice Biennial and the ICA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
(The Mary Ellis Jarvie Lecture)

Kathleen A. Foster
The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent

Monday, May 7, 2018

Meryl Gordon
Bunny Mellon: The Pursuit of Perfection
Meryl Gordon is the author of three biographies: Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, Mrs. Astor Regrets, about the philanthropist Brooke Astor, and The Phantom of Fifth Avenue, a biography of copper heiress Huguette Clark. Gordon is the Director of Magazine Writing at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.