Lunch with the Experts: Jewelry Speaker Series
A Peek Behind the Curtains of the "Jewelers' Jeweler"
Tom Heyman, Oscar Heyman
Join Tom Heyman for a peek behind the curtains of the “Jewelers’ Jeweler” and view a vast array of historical and contemporary jewels. Tom will discuss the history of Oscar Heyman, a third-generation, family-owned American jewelry house which specializes in exquisite colored gemstones and expert manufacturing. The story of Oscar Heyman reaches from a Fabergé factory in the early 1900s, to stone cutting centers in Colombo and Sri Lanka, and to the company’s 110-year-old archives and self-contained workshop on Madison Avenue.
Behind-the-Scenes at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University
Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez
Join Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D. Curatrix at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, Harvard University (MGMH), for an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at the collections. The MGMH is the oldest continuously operated mineral museum in the United States, with a collection that dates to the late 18th century. Dr. Alonso-Perez will discuss the main highlights of the collection, its history, and its science.
Diving for Starfish
Join author Cherie Burns as she discusses her book Diving for Starfish – The Jeweler, The Actress, The Heiress and One of the World’s Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2018. In Diving for Starfish, Cherie picked her way through the labyrinthine world of fine jewelry, following the flow of rare pieces from Paris to Los Angeles, documenting the glamorous bosoms on which they had rested.
A Tour of the David Webb Archive
Levi Higgs, Head of Archives & Brand Heritage at David Webb
Join Levi Higgs the Head of Archives & Brand Heritage at David Webb for a live tour of the David Webb archive. Levi will give a glimpse behind the scenes of the American jeweler, looking at the drawings and records to explore the history of the firm from the company’s founding in 1948 through today.
Lunch with the Experts: Rug Speaker Series
Qarajeh to Quba: Rugs and Flatweaves from East Azarbayjan and the Transcaucasus
Raoul (Mike) Tschebull
Join Raoul (Mike) Tschebull, noted author in the field of oriental carpets, as he discusses his most recent book Qarajeh to Quba (2019). The talk will focus on the production of the publication as well as the 19th-century evolution of Transcaucasian rugs and textiles and the diverse weavings from the province of East Azarbayjan in northwest Iran. The author’s photographs of rural East Azarbayjan will help illustrate the rich history of these rugs and textiles including their creation, domestic use, and export.
Lunch with the Experts: Fall Series 2021
In American Waters at the Peabody Essex Museum
Daniel Finamore, Associate Director - Exhibitions, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History
Join Daniel Finamore, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Russel W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, for a behind-the-scenes look at the PEM’s exhibition In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting. In American Waters, organized with the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, reveals that marine painting is so much more than ship portraits. In exploring the transformative power of the sea in American life, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of works from modern and historical artists including Georgia O’Keefe, Amy Sherald, Norman Rockwell, Jacob Lawrence, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, and many more.
Making an Impression: Monet and Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Katie Hanson, associate curator, Paintings, Art of Europe
Join Katie Hanson, Curator of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a closer look at Claude Monet’s working process and his early acclaim in Boston, as well as insights into curation during a pandemic. While Monet never traveled to Boston himself, in his lifetime his paintings could be found in astonishing numbers on the walls of the city’s art galleries, in collectors’ homes, and at the MFA. Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated celebrates that history and highlights 25 masterpieces by the artist drawn from the MFA’s holdings alongside select loans from local private collections. This exhibition follows Monet in Boston: Lasting Impressions which was organized in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2020.
Titian's Technique: Conservation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Gianfranco Pocobene, Chief Paintings and Research Conservator
In 2018-2019, the Gardner’s iconic Titian painting Rape of Europa underwent conservation and extensive technical analysis to prepare it for trans-Atlantic travel and exhibition. Listen as Gianfranco Pocobene, the Chief Paintings and Research Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner, reveals new insights into Titian’s innovative techniques and the restoration treatment.