Lifelong Learning - Seminars

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. James H. Carney II, and Leonor de Gonzalez

Seminar programs offer in-depth examinations of topics, fostering interactive discussion and opportunities
for personal growth.

A Study in Black and White
Tamar March, Ph.D.
Monday - Wednesday, February 6 - 8, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$220 ($200 Museum Members)

The literature that gives expression to the condition of being black in America, to be a black citizen in a white society, reveals the high cost of such citizenship, in spite of the promises inherent in our founding documents. The guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is hard-won by many, but largely elusive for the present heirs of the story of slavery in North America. We will discuss examples of this literature, from W.E.B. Du Bois to Ta-Nehisi Coates, with the intent of gaining insight into the condition of blackness while simultaneously searching to define how the insistence for recognition and understanding of blackness could be accompanied by a sharper awareness of the condition of whiteness. Such sharpened awareness may bring this society closer to the goal of integration, which has produced many and varied efforts, but without the much-yearned for success – as yet. We will draw on the writings of poets, essayists, novelists, and dramatists to engage our own experience and thought about this uniquely American tradition.

Tamar March is Founder and President Emerita of The Arden Seminars, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. March received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, M.A. from Radcliffe College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages. She served as dean of the Radcliffe Center for Educational Programs at Harvard University from Fall 1996 to Summer 2002.

Women Collectors: Abby Rockefeller, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Alice Walton
Susan Rosoff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$105 ($85 Museum Members)

Often when one mentions great art collectors, men like Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, and J. Pierpont Morgan come to mind. What women put together significant collections? Explore some of the remarkable women who were not only collectors, but connoisseurs, patrons and donors. Some were incredibly wealthy, while others had only modest means. Was collecting a by-product of homemaking and nurturing, or did its origins lie elsewhere? Was collecting dependent on money and time, or, were these women mission driven? The choices these three women made and the legacies they left will form the substance of our exploration.

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC. Previously she served as Curator of Education at the Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults including lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes including Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years, and Non-Western Art. She has received the Briarcliff College Alumnae Award as well as awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Florida Art Education Association.

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VBMA Adult Public Programs Refund Policy

All Sales Are Final; please review your reservations carefully before submitting. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges beginning sixty (60) days before a scheduled program. However, the value of cancelled reservations may qualify as a tax-deductible donation; please notify the Museum at your earliest opportunity before the program date. Occasionally, programs are cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the Museum's control. When this occurs, you may elect to have your reservation honored for the rescheduled date or you may receive a refund if applicable. In some cases, the performance contract may set refund limitations. All refunds or exchanges are subject to a $10 non-refundable convenience fee.

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