The Southampton History Museum has announced a new series, where three professionals in their respective fields will examine the role of the decorative arts at various times in history. The talks will take place at 4 pm in the Music Room of the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton, and will be followed by a reception.
Roaring into the Future: Art Deco and Early Modernism in New York, 1925-1935, presented by Lori Zabar, set for Saturday, July 13, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm, at Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. During the ten years that took America from the effervescent heights of the Jazz Age to the depths of the Depression, New York State was the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism. This eve nt is $10, free for members. To register, call (631) 283-2494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The talk is presented by Lori Zabar who has conducted a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the avant-garde in fine art, fashion, technology, decorative arts, architecture and music that resulted in the century’s most important design revolution, often called Art Deco today. She is an art, decorative arts, and architectural historian and independent curator with a long association with the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, at the invitation of Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum, she was guest curator of the exhibition from which her talk will be drawn. She has published widely in her field and was formerly co-proprietor of a gallery specializing in 19th- and early 20th-century British and American furniture and decorative arts. She holds graduate degrees in historic preservation and law.
Decorating the Gilded Age House in the Hamptons, presented by Gary Lawrance, set for Saturday, July 20, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm, at Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. The speaker Gary Lawrance is an architect, author and historian with a special interest in the Gilded Age. His articles on the mansions of the era have appeared in dozens of publications and his “Mansions of the Gilded Age” Facebook and Instagram are followed by thousands. He is the co-author, with Anne Surchin, of Houses of the Hamptons: 1880-1930, an invaluable resource on Hamptons architecture during that period of architectural splendor. This event is $10, free for members. RSVP by calling (631) 283-2494 or emailing email@example.com.
To Perpetuate the Best: Furnishing the Colonial Revival House, presented by Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner, set for Saturday, July 27, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm at Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. The opening of The American Wing at Metropolitan Museum in 1924 inspired an enormous interest in decorating American homes with antiques in historic settings. In an era of staggering social change, many Americans found comfort in filling their homes with furniture and decorative arts that symbolized idealized notions of the American Colonial past. In her talk, Ms. Schaffner will focus on Southampton to tell the story of the decorative arts and furniture that have come to represent American Colonial Revival taste. This event is $10, free for members. RSVP by calling (631) 283-2494 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cynthia V.A. Schaffner is an independent decorative arts historian who has been affiliated with the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research associate and research volunteer since 1996. She divides her time between New York and East Hampton and is the co-author, with Lori Zabar, of the definitive article on the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art and the Art Village, which appeared in the Winterthur Portfolio in 2010.
Photo of Art Deco Cocktail Set, c. 1930 courtesy Yale University Art Gallery.