This four-part, annual subscription lecture and luncheon series features pre-eminent art scholars and authors. A catered lunch is followed by an author presentation and book signing.

Subscriptions are available to Museum Members only.

 The cost of a subscription is $200, and an additional $55 for each lunch.


Upcoming ArtSpeaks

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City

January 17 and 18 / The Colony Hotel

Daisy Yiyou Wang, the Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, and Jan Stuart, the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, kick off the ArtSpeaks season discussing the first exhibition to explore the role of Chinese empresses in shaping the Qing dynasty (1644 and 1912).

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

January 31 and February 1 / The Colony Hotel

Tintoretto was the most prolific and controversial painter in 16thcentury Venice. On the 500th anniversary of his birth and the eve of a major exhibition of his work at Washington’s National Gallery of Art, explore the life and career of this Renaissance master and the city he inhabited. Frederick Ilchman, chair of the Art of Europe Department and Baker Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and chairman of Save Venice Inc., offers insights into the artist and the making of this landmark exhibition.

Alexander Calder: The Conquest of Time

February 21 and 22

Set against the backdrop of artistic, social, and political currents on both sides of the Atlantic, award-winning art critic Jed Perl’s narrative offers fresh perspective into the art and life of one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. Perl’s biography—the first-ever of the sculptor—is based on unprecedented access to previously unavailable documents and letters.

Dressing “Fabulous Fashion”: Museum Mannequins and their Secrets

March 14 and 15

Go behind the scenes with Kristina Haugland, The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the curator of Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now, to learn what goes into organizing and mounting a major fashion exhibition. Haugland discusses issues such as choosing and researching exhibition objects, but focuses on the special aesthetic and practical challenges of exhibiting museum garments and dressing mannequins.

This program was made possible in part by the generosity of Rago Arts and Auction Center. 

For more information, contact:

Patricia Williamson

Manager, Director's Office
(561) 832-5196 x1107