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Elephant Ballet: The Swan Song of Edward Gorey
May 5 @ 2:00 pm

Learn about Edward Gorey’s artistic biography in a lively discussion of his work with Gorey expert and aficionado James Edwards, professor of art at UMass Dartmouth.

This lecture derives from the exhibition ‘E’ is for Elephants, The Etchings of Edward Gorey on view in 2014 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It explores how Edward Gorey’s art collection shaped his motivations, visual language, and the very content of his work. While Gorey’s life experiences may have been limited geographically, the personal collection he left behind is magnificent in range.

Free with museum admission.


David Smith, Herbert Ferber & Abstract Expressionism
May 17 @ 6:30 pm

5:30pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6:30pm | Lecture

Join David Getsy, professor of art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for discussion of post-WWII sculpture in the United States. Arrive early to enjoy a reception and view the special exhibitions David Smith: Figures & Dwelling and Herbert Ferber: Space in Tension.

Free admission.


Sacred Geographies: Frederic Church, the Holy Land, & the Hudson Valley
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm

Docent Council 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Sacred Geographies: Frederic Church, the Holy Land, & the Hudson Valley

5pm | Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm | Lecture

Jennifer Raab, professor of art history at Yale University, will investigate how Frederic Church’s travels through the Middle East and his paintings of Jerusalem and Petra shaped his Hudson Valley home, Olana.

Free admisison.