Art Lecture Series

The 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series is sponsored by Sarah Blank Design Studio in Darien, CTEvery fall, the Art Lecture Series Committee brings yet another fantastic series of lectures to the DCA. The lectures offer an in-depth look into a specific type of art, and are led by curators and other art scholars from the region. This series is sponsored by Sarah Blank Design Studio in Darien.

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Upcoming lectures

2015 Art Lecture Series
Four Thursdays: October 8, 15, 22, 29

Further details will be available in fall


Recent lectures

2014 Art Lecture Series – El Greco, Goya & Sorolla: Three Artistic Visions
The DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series will be presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaPresented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator
The Hispanic Society of America

View details of this series through this link. 




2013 Art Lecture Series –
The Rite of Modernism: Sensation and Shock in New York/Paris 1913

The 2013 DCA Art Lecture Series will be held on Thursdays, September 26 and October 17, 24 & 31.One hundred years ago, on both sides of the Atlantic, two seminal events occurred which were breakthroughs in the worlds of art and music — forever altering the cultural landscape of the 20th century. Over the course of four weeks, in the Winter of 1913, close to 75,000 people made their way to the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue at 25th Street to visit the International Exhibition of Modern Art which was organized by the “Association of American Painters and Sculptors.” The critics’ columns were full of descriptions of the “grotesque” paintings that had been shipped over from Europe. It caused a sensation. Image: “Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)” 1912 Marcel Duchamp, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Less than four months later, the inaugural performance of Diaghilev’s “The Rite of Spring,” orchestrated by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, premiered at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. On opening night, a riot almost broke out among the audience, threatening the dancers and musicians with their shouts, hisses and catcalls.

Our 2013 series relived this fascinating period, beginning with an afternoon lecture exploring this musical modernism, with the three remaining morning lectures delving into the 1913 Armory Show, the most important art exhibition in the history of the United States. Read further details of this period, view the lecture calendar, and explore related videos and exhibits through this link.


2012 Art Lecture Series – The Frick Collection 

Art-Lecture-Series-2012-Frick-Museum-verticalWe were delighted to feature The Frick Collection – the venerable Gilded Age mansion and museum on Fifth Avenue in New York – with their own curators offering our attentive audiences a glimpse at their expansive knowledge. Please find the list of presenters and their topics below, followed by those of previous years. The DCA Art Lecture Series is proudly sponsored by SBD Kitchens, LLC in Darien, CT. Read further details of this series through this link.

Image credit: The Frick Collection, New York. Photo: Galen Lee



2011 Art Lecture Series – “Paris – Le Seduction Artistique”

The DCA's 2011 Art Lecture Series was entitled "Paris - Le Seduction Artistique". Image credit - Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance,” 1912 Henri Matisse, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1)“Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism” Presented by Phillip Prodger, Head, Photography Department, Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Ph.D., Cambridge University

“Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco” Presented by Jared Goss, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, M.A., Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons School of Design

“A Preview of Matisse: In Search of True Painting”
An Exhibition Opening Next Year at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presented by Rebecca A. Rabinow, Curator, Dept. of Nineteenth Century, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Image credit: Nasturtiums with the Painting “Dance,” 1912 Henri Matisse, Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1)


2010 Art Lecture Series – “Italy: A Grand Tour”

Connoisseurship and the “Eye” of the Collector
Presented by Richard L. Feigen, International Art Dealer


Art Lecture Series Committee

These lectures would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the committee:

Co-Chairs – Patricia Hedlund, Marian Castell
Committee –  Dorothy Baker, Barbara Conrad, June Foster, Maureen Pollart, Judy Rodriguez, Elsie Wheeler and Martha Yaney

The 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series Committee