International Lecture Series 2017

The Nichols Foundation – Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Coxhead, Harry and Virginia H. Van Wormer Lecture Fund

Patron Sponsors:  Susan L. Bouma, Barbara S. Longfellow, Dr. and Mrs. David J. McKenna, Carolyn and William Stutt Endowment for the International Lecture Series

Additional Support:  Kenneth W. Cunningham, Jr. Endowment Fund, and Mrs. Ernest Hazel

Enjoy the finest speakers in the arts and humanities. The Holmes Great Hall provides digital HD projection, and an enhanced sound system for the hearing impaired.

Due to the popularity of this year’s ILS and advance member series ticket sales, only Simulcast Seating (Leonhardt Auditorium) is still available. Each lecture is simulcast live from the Holmes Great Hall, projected in HD on the big screen with enhanced assisted listening available. Don’t miss out! Register today!

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Bill Bryson
Best-Selling Author
January 30, 2017, 4:30 pm
Individual Simulcast Seats: $45 ($60 Non-Museum Members)


Wanderlust & Journeys Through Life

In his best-selling books, author Bill Bryson tackles any subject from travel and the English language to the history of the home. With a wacky worldview and a wanderlust that garners him comparisons to Chaucer and Dave Barry, he entertains readers around the world with his deliciously funny travelogues and insights into the intricacies of language. Bryson will share his most entertaining stories from the road with his penchant for witty observation. Prepare for an evening of humorous tales, tongue-in-cheek commentary, and international adventures.

Bill Bryson is a beloved and prolific commentator, finding delight in the minutiae of travel and the subtleties of culture. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he ventured out to England on a backpacking expedition in 1973, met his wife, and decided to settle there. He is the author of The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and his latest At Home: A Short History of Private Life. In 2005, Bill Bryson was appointed chancellor of Durham University, succeeding the late Sir Peter Ustinov.

Susan Fisher Sterling
Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts 
February 13, 2017, 4:30 pm 
Individual Simulcast Seats: $45 ($60 Non-Museum Members)

Women Artists: The Naked Truth

The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents diverse temporary exhibitions as well as a collection of 4,500 artworks by more than 1,000 women artists, including acclaimed works by exceptional historical artists such as Mary Cassatt, Lavinia Fontana, Clara Peeters, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, as well as modern and contemporary artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Chakaia Booker, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Joana Vasconcelos. Join Sterling as she weaves the fascinating history of amazing women who struggled to be recognized as important artists of their time.

Susan Fisher Sterling has built her career and the stature of the NMWA around the message of equity for women through the example of excellence in the arts. First as the museum’s associate curator, curator of modern and contemporary art, and then chief curator/deputy director, she organized and oversaw exhibitions and publications on a wide range of contemporary women artists and topics for more than 20 years. Among Sterling’s honors are Orders of Merit from Brazil and Norway, the President’s Award of the Women’s Caucus for Art, and was recognized as one of ArtTable’s 30 most influential professional women in the visual arts. She was recently a presenter at the World Economic Forum’s New Champions meeting in China on The Art of Change.

Patrick Baty
Specialist in Historic Decoration
February 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
Individual Simulcast Seats: $45 ($60 Non-Museum Members)

The Paint Detective

Variously called The Paint Detective (or The Columbo of Color in the USA), Patrick Baty will show us how he was able to use his forensic skills to uncover secrets in an isolated one-time Royal hideaway and update us on the progress at the palatial Stowe House, a major recipient of World Monuments Fund support. For garden enthusiasts, Baty will talk of his work in a number of significant venues that range from the 16th to the 18th centuries — from the sublime to the ridiculous, including an historic house and landscape considered amongst the finest in Ireland.

Patrick Baty has investigated the decoration of historic buildings for the past thirty years. His work covers research, paint analysis, color & technical advice and color surveys. Projects have ranged from King Henry VIII’s heraldic beasts; Baroque churches; country houses; wartime RAF stations and London social housing estates to structures such as Tower Bridge. He also works on projects in the USA. In 2007, his company was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for his work with color. Patrick teaches, lectures, and writes on paint and color, with the emphasis on historic buildings. His new publication will be released in Spring 2017.

Clive Gillinson 
Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall
March 20, 2017, 4:30 pm
Individual Simulcast Seats: $45 ($60 Non-Museum Members)

My Life in Music: Stories about Carnegie Hall, Great Performers, and Behind the Scenes Challenges of the World’s Greatest Concert Hall

Over the course of three stages and approximately 170 performances each year, Carnegie Hall presents extraordinary musicians to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience. Clive Gillinson has learned from and worked with some of the great masters of any age: Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Georg Solti, and Jessye Norman, to name only a few. From his storied and international career, he shares his remarkable insights into the inner workings of the legendary venue, the performing world, and great music — and the vision, risk, and revolution necessary to make the arts central to our society and accessible to all.

Clive Gillinson became Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in July 2005. He is responsible for developing the artistic concepts for Carnegie Hall presentations in the Isaac Stern Auditorium, the new Zankel Hall, and the Weill Recital Hall, ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, solo recitals, to jazz, world, and popular music. Under his leadership, Carnegie Hall has embarked upon bold new directions in its concert and educational programming, including augmenting and integrating current offerings to create large-scale festivals each year. Mr. Gillinson joined the London Symphony Orchestra cello section in 1970, was elected to the Board of Directors of the self-governing orchestra in 1976, and in 1984 was asked to become Managing Director, a position he held until his appointment to Carnegie Hall. In addition to many other honors, Mr. Gillinson was appointed Knight Bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2005, the only orchestra manager ever to be honored with a Knighthood.

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