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NSA 2022-2023 Lecture Season

September 14, 2022 | Lecture 1 | Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardener-Historian & Author

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect with an international practice based in London. He is gardens adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, lecturer at New York University (London), president of the London Gardens Trust, editor of The London Gardener and author of several books including The London Town Garden (Yale, 2001) and The London Square (Yale, 2012). In this presentation, he will reveal some obscure and eccentric English garden-makers who created immensely personal and idiosyncratic gardens between the 17th and 20th centuries. Among the themes he will explore are the building of miniature mountains, the shaping and moving of topiaries, the collecting and displaying of birds and animals, the excavation of caves, the assemblage of architectural fragments, and an Edwardian rebuilding of the Garden of Eden.


October 19, 2022 | Lecture 2 | Dr. Michelle Tolini Finamore, Fashion & Design Curator

Michelle Tolini Finamore, PhD is a Fashion and Design Curator and Historian. She was the Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 8 years where she curated exhibitions including the groundbreaking Gender Bending Fashion, #techstyle, Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen, and Think Pink. She has written numerous books and articles for both scholarly and popular press such as Hollywood Before Glamour (Palgrave, 2013) and Gaetano Savini: The Man Who Was Brioni (Assouline, 2015).


November 16, 2022 | Lecture 3 | Mark Tucker, The Neubauer Family Director of Conservation Philadelphia Museum of Art Mind the Gap: The Challenge of Altered Paintings Mark Tucker is the Neubauer Family Director of Conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As the museum’s head paintings conservator between 1985-2015, he oversaw preservation and restoration of the museum’s renowned collection of paintings dating from the 12th century to the present, as well as the historical and technical research on which conservation practice is based.


January 25, 2023 | Lecture 4 | Jennifer Gross, PhD Cy Twombly Southern Grandeur and Ancient Myths: Histories Brought to Form Jennifer R. Gross is an art historian and curator of modern and contemporary art. Most recently she was the founding Executive Director of the Hauser & Wirth Institute, a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the support of artists’ archives and scholarship. Previously she was the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery.


February 22, 2023 | Lecture 5 | Jennifer Dasal

Art Historian, Curator and Host, Art Curious (artcuriouspodcast.com) Getting ‘Art Curious”: Exploring the Unexpected, Slightly Odd and Strangely Wonderful in Art History To access the ArtCurious Podcast, select a link below: https://www.artcuriouspodcast.com/artcuriouspodcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/artcurious-podcast/id1142736861 https://open.spotify.com/show/5wH1Xg5QIVxqNYMFo7oYpp


March 29, 2023 | Lecture 6 | Margaret Connors McQuade Huntington Family & Hispanic Society Collection (Due to unforeseen circumstances, our scheduled speaker Guillaume Kientz is not able to make the lecture on Wednesday, March 29). We are delighted to announce that Margaret Connors McQuade will be here to talk to us about the Huntington family and the Hispanic Society collection.


May 1, 2023 | Lecture 7 | Robert Kunzig Notre Dame Rises Again Rob Kunzig is the former Executive Editor for Environment at National Geographic Magazine, where he worked from 2009 to 2022. A science journalist for American magazines since 1983, Kunzig has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union for his feature articles, which have frequently been selected for the annual Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has written two books: Fixing Climate (with Wallace Broecker) and Mapping the Deep, a book about oceanography, which won the Royal Society prize as science book of the year in 2001. From 1996 through 2008 he was a correspondent in France, based in Dijon. He holds French as well as American citizenship.

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