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Beyond Blogtalk:
Museums and Collections in the early 21st Century

Talk by Michael Conforti,
Director Emeritus, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

The Soane Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (SAW) at New York University for hosting our event and providing technical assistance for the presentation on our evening.

Beyond Blogtalk: Museums and Collections in the early 21st Century

10 November 2015

Introductory remarks by Ulysses G. Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, and Annabelle Selldorf, Architect. This was the second annual presentation of THE SAMUEL C. MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE presented by a Museum Director. NOTE: Sound quality is not what we had hoped for... but the content is good.


SAN FRANCISCO

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

October 21 Gala Preview; October 22 to 25, 2015

The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for the eighth year with this show. Please join us!

For show PREVIEW GALA Tickets, Entry Tickets and Lecture Tickets, please go to > Eventbrite

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Saturday, October 24, 2:30pm

SFFAS LECTURE: Join Soane Foundation President Thomas A. Kligerman and his Ike Kligerman Barkley partners John Ike and Joel Barkley for Love, American Style: 150 Years of Shingle Style Houses.


John, Tom and Joel believe the American romance with the shingle style has lasted nearly 150 years because it presents, in an understated way, the best of everything. Presented by the SFFAS and its Cultural Partner, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Just out is the newest book on IKB's work. There is a book signing at 3:30pm following the talk.

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STANFORD, CALFORNIA

EXHIBITION - now to 4 January 2016
Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford, CA 94305
LINK

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Panel Discussion: "Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age"

Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm, auditorium

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Two prominent architects from Europe and the United States will discuss the role of the architectural drawing -- both analog and digital -- as a tool in the design process and as an object worth collecting and putting on display. This panel is part of programming for the Cantor's special exhibition, Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered.
The speakers are:

- Sergei Tchoban, managing partner of the architectural firm nps tchoban voss with offices in Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg, and founder of the Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin
- Andrew Zago, partner and founder of the firm Zago Architecture in Los Angeles

The panel will be moderated by
Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor.

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Symposium: Piranesi, Paestum, and Soane

Friday, November 13, 9:30am to 4pm, Cantor auditorium and McMurtry Building; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This symposium is part of programming for the Cantor's special exhibition, Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered. For the latest information on speakers and registration, visit the Department of Art and Art History website.

The presenters are:


- Heather Hyde Minor (University of Notre Dame), Piranesi and the Art of History
- Maarten Delbeke (University of Ghent), Ornament and Crime, Piranesi on the Primitive
- Mark Rakatansky (Columbia University), His conduct is Mischievous: ' Piranesi and Soane
- Mario Bevilacqua (University of Florence), Piranesi in Eighteenth-Century America: Ancient Models for the New Nation

Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History

NEW YORK CITY

THE SAMUEL C. MILLER MEMORIAL LECTUREPRESENTED BY A
MUSEUM DIRECTOR


Beyond Blogtalk:
Museums and Collections in the
early 21st Century


Guest lecturer MICHAEL CONFORTI
Director Emeritus, Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown, Massachusetts


Introductory remarks by
Ulysses G. Dietz,
Chief Curator and
Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum,
and

Annabelle Selldorf,
Architect

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6:30pm - reception immediately following


LOCATION: Institute for the
Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street, New York City

Plan to arrive early to see exhibition on display at the institute: The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past


TICKETS: ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – there is no charge for this event.
Call 212-223-2012 to reserve or email: chas@soanefoundation.com
 download information and reply form


Architectural expansion of museums has become a favorite topic with arts journalists over the last few decades, as has their focus on collectors and dealers who fuel the ever more powerful art market. At the same time museums themselves are adapting to new technology and changing demographics, driven as they are by shifting audience interests and new funding challenges. These topics are constant in our time and an understandable interest of many.

While the art world is constantly changing in these and other ways, museums usually oversee their permanent collections as they have in years past in spite of the cry for a freer exchange of art and artifacts at a time when "ownership" and "patrimony" have taken on new meaning. Can this situation change? Should this situation change?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Michael Conforti received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. An expert in sculpture, decorative arts and design as well as the history of museums and collecting, he was Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (1977-80) and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1980-94) before joining the Clark Art Institute in 1994 as Director. He has served as a trustee of the Amon Carter Museum, MASS MoCA, the American Academy in Rome, and AAM/ICOM (the American Association of Museums' International Committee on Museums). He is a member of CIHA (the Comité International d'histoire de l'art), the National Committee for the History of Art, and is a past President of the Board of the Association of Art Museum Directors. After 21 years, he retired at the end of August 2015 as Director of the Clark. He continues teaching at Williams College in the Graduate Program of the History of Art.

The Soane Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to the ISAW for hosting our event and providing technical assistance for the presentation on our evening.


THE SAMUEL C. MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE
A TRIBUTE TO A CONSUMMATE MUSEUM DIRECTOR,
STEADFAST FRIEND, ENTHUSIASTIC MENTOR,
AND LOVER OF OPERA AND TRAVEL

This lecture is being presented by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation in tribute to Samuel C. Miller. Sam served as director of The Newark Museum for twenty-five years, during which he spearheaded the nationally acclaimed Master Plan renovation and expansion, designed by Michael Graves, employing many distinctive and recognizable Soanian influences. Having been introduced to the museum in London, he became an admirer of Sir John Soane, so much so that when he became aware of the startup of Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation in New York, he embraced it wholeheartedly, both financially and with sound advice about life in the not-for–profit world. He served as a founding director and later director emeritus.

CONTRIBUTIONS ACCEPTED TO
THE SAMUEL C. MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE FUND


Please go to our Join Us page to make a contribution.
Thank you!

NEW YORK CITY

CHATSWORTH – Assembling a contemporary collection: DNA as you have never seen it before
Conversation between the DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE and artist JACOB VAN DER BEUGEL


Friday, 2 October 2015 6pm
Doors open 5:30pm – Wine reception following

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street
(northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required
$75 members, $100 non-members, $10 students
$250 Lecture Patrons (includes two tickets)


ATTIRE: Business - jacket and tie required for men

The conversation will focus on the Devonshire contemporary collection at Chatsworth and one of the most significant recent additions to it, Jacob van der Beugel's site-specific ceramic installation, The North Sketch Sequence. This is the most ambitious permanent art installation ever to be created for a Grade I listed house. Made up of 659 handmade ceramic panels, the work depicts the DNA sequence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This fascinating talk between the Duke of Devonshire and artist Jacob van der Beugel, will be discussing Chatsworth, its historic art collection, and the process and inspiration of creating such a prolific example of contemporary portraiture. The introduction by Agent and Curator Joanna Bird will highlight the engaging dynamic between artist and patron.

About the speakers:

Stoker Devonshire and his wife Amanda have been collectors for the last 40 years. Since they moved to Chatsworth in 2006 they have extensively developed the exhibitions program and have commissioned several works of both fine art and design. The Duke is a trustee of the Storm King Art Center (New York State) and the Derby Museums Trust (UK). He serves on the board of Sotheby's.


Jacob van der Beugel is a young Dutch artist who is conceptually drawing together science, architecture and ceramics. His installation, commissioned by the Devonshires for Chatsworth, embraces a dynamic new take on portraiture, by including their DNA in a material that succumbs to touch and can freeze human gestures and identities.


Auction: MICHAEL GRAVES -
His last created piece of art


Fundraising auction closes Sunday, 21 June 2015

An exclusive and exciting opportunity to support Sir John Soane's Museum and win an original artwork by the late, great American architect Michael Graves. This is part of the exhibition and sale "INSPIRED BY SOANE: I found this and thought of you…"

Size: 5.8 x 8.3 inches; acrylic on paper; signed on back; unframed

Some of the world's best and most celebrated artists, architects, creatives and fashion designers are featured in a fundraising exhibition entitled Inspired by Soane: I found this and thought of you…at the Soane Museum (open till 6 June).

As a part of this exhibition, we are offering our American and other friends the chance to win one of the most significant of these original artworks by famed architect Michael Graves, who sadly passed away earlier this year. This postcard was the last painting he created in his lifetime. We are offering the opportunity to bid for this piece in a silent auction via Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation, of which Michael Graves was a member of the advisory board.

The money raised will go towards digitising 18,000 items in the Museum's drawings collection, ensuring that they are available online to be accessed by audiences around the world. As part of the fundraising effort, the Museum has been successful in securing match funding for monies raised, thanks to the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation. For every £1 raised, the Museum will receive a further £1 from the Leon Levy Foundation, up to the first £50,000. This will be invaluable to ensuring extended access to the Museum's Drawings collection.

To place a bid please send a scan of the completed form attached to michaelgravesauction@soane.org.uk before 21 June 2015; winner to be announced 26 June. Bidding starts at $500 – estimated value of the work $1,500+.

Alternatively you can enter a raffle* to win one of the other 140 postcard artworks. Raffle closes 21 June; drawing to be held 26 June. You can view the booklet of images, by following this link - http://goo.gl/d543E2 which provides a glimpse of the diverse responses to the project and a taste for what you could win. For further information please go to http://www.soane.org/exhibitions/inspired-by-soane * Purchase of a raffle does not guarantee an artwork.


NEW YORK CITY


EXHIBITION: New York City

Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane's Museum

Friday, 23 January through Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Morgan Library and Museum
in the Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery,
225 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016


In 1777, the great Italian draftsman, etcher and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi visited the haunting and majestic archaeological site of Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno south of Naples. He produced a series of monumental drawings recording the three Doric temples, then known as the Basilica, the Temple of Neptune, and the Temple of Ceres, in preparation for a set of etchings, Différents vues de Pesto. Piranesi died shortly after having received the papal imprimatur in 1778, but the set was completed by his son, Francesco, and published posthumously in the same year. In 1817, the English architect Sir John Soane, who had met Piranesi in Rome shortly before the artist's death, acquired fifteen of Piranesi's seventeen surviving Paestum drawings. Preserved at Sir John Soane's Museum in London, the drawings have only recently been restored and will be shown in the United States for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Family Foundation.

Organized by Sir John Soane's Museum, London, with the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

Image Caption:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Interior of the Temple of Neptune, Looking South-East (Study for Plate XVII of the Différentes Vues de Pesto), ca. 1777-78. Brush and brown ink and wash over black chalk on paper. Sir John Soane's Museum.




TWO REGENCY COLLECTORS and THEIR MUSEUMS:
Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion and Sir John Soane


Talk by TIM KNOX, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England


Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 6:pm - Doors open 5:30pm, wine reception following

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, New York City (northeast corner at Park)
TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required — Lecture Patrons $100; Members $35, Non-members $45; Students $10
ATTIRE: Business - jacket and tie for men

This lecture will look at two very different collectors, Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam and Sir John Soane. Both were contemporaries, and both founded museums that bear their name. It is an unequal comparison, Lord Fitzwilliam, despite his high rank and great wealth, is a shadowy figure who it seems deliberately left little trace, while Soane, a self-made man from humble origins, carefully orchestrated a comprehensive memorial in the form of his autobiographical house-museum, his collections and publications. Moreover, the museums that commemorate them have evolved into very different institutions. However, it is surprising how many resonances there are between the two men - who probably never met - and their collections. This lecture examines their lives and legacies.
TIM KNOX is the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Brought up in Nigeria and Fiji, he studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was Assistant Curator at the RIBA Drawings Collection 1989-95, and moved to the National Trust, first as its Architectural Historian, becoming its Head Curator in 2002. Between 2005 and 2013, he was Director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London.

This program is presented in cooperation with Cambridge in America.

SAN FRANCISCO

LIVE/WORK/PLAY – THE EVOLVING FUNCTIONS OF SIR JOHN SOANE'S HOUSE, MUSEUM AND ACADEMY

Talk by ABRAHAM THOMAS, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Monday, 23 March 2015 - 7pm lecture, reception at 6pm

SOLD OUT

Sir John Soane's Museum has a rich history full of adaptation and re-use. During Soane's time the buildings existed in a number of states, and performed a number of functions – private home, the site of a busy architectural office, a space for teaching and, of course, a museum. This lecture explores these four characteristic qualities of Soane's great house museum and examines the embedded layers of adaptive experimentation and "tinkering" that continue to this very day.
This program is presented in cooperation with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Northern California Chapter

LOCATION: Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco


NEW YORK CITY His Conduct Is Mischievous: Piranesi and Soane

talk by MARK RAKATANSKY introductions by
PER RUMBERG, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum

ABRAHAM THOMAS, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum, London



Thursday, 19 March 2015, 6:30pm - Exhibition opens for viewing at 5:30pm for program attendees.

LOCATION: Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), New York City
This lecture is cosponsored by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and the Morgan Library & Museum.

Sir John Soane, although an admirer of the graphic works of Piranesi, remarked that his "conduct is mischievous" in his only built work Santa Maria del Priorato. Similar sentiments have been expressed about Soane, particularly in regard to his own House-Museum. Mark Rakatansky, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, will explore the complex relationship of these two architects and the unsettling "mischievous" engagements of their architecture, drawings, and writings. The exhibition Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane's Museum will open at 5:30pm this evening. There is the recently reissued book Piranesi Paestum & Soane by John Wilton-Ely, which may be of interest. This is available on Amazon.com and other sources.


BOSTON

LIVE/WORK/PLAY – THE EVOLVING FUNCTIONS OF SIR JOHN SOANE'S HOUSE, MUSEUM AND ACADEMY

Talk by ABRAHAM THOMAS, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum, London


Monday, 16 March 2015 - 7pm lecture, reception at 6pm SOLD OUT

Sir John Soane's Museum has a rich history full of adaptation and re-use. During Soane's time the buildings existed in a number of states, and performed a number of functions – private home, the site of a busy architectural office, a space for teaching and, of course, a museum. This lecture explores these four characteristic qualities of Soane's great house museum and examines the embedded layers of adaptive experimentation and "tinkering" that continue to this very day.
This program is presented in cooperation with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Northern California Chapter

LOCATION: St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston




Join us for a variety of co-sponsored talks with

Please go to their website (click image above) for details.
And when making reservations, please let them know you are a member/friend of the Soane

For more information on events or other items of interest,
please contact info@soanefoundation.com or call 212-223-2012

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SOANE TRAVELS: VIENNA & PRAGUE

The Splendor of Palaces, Schlosses, and Great Collections
Saturday, 2 May to Sunday, 10 May 2015


Please join us on our May 2015 tour when we will explore this capital city of the once mighty and majestic Austro-Hungarian Empire. As always, our focus will be exploring historic and contemporary architecture, decorative arts and the arts. In addition, we will enjoy a morning performance of the Vienna Boys Choir, an evening set aside to-do-as-you-wish with four optional performances of music and opera, and you can feel free to breakaway for viewing a morning exercise session of the famed Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School, or to explore the Jewish Quarter. We'll also have private visits with some designers, architects and others that will enhance our experience of this dynamic city. Our trip consists of six-nights at the Park Hyatt Hotel -- unpack and relax in the luxury of this new hotel property completed in 2014. Full details are included in the brochure. Please call with any questions or to reserve your spot. Deadline for reservations is February 10th - Space is limited. Contact Chas Miller to confirm your interest | T. 212-223-2012 or chas@soanefoundation.com

BROCHURE


 
NEW YORK CITY




THE MUSEUM AS MEDIUM

Talk by Philippe de Montebello
Introduction by Charles E. Pierce, Jr.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014 – 6pm talk followed by a reception

SOLD OUT

This talk is in memory of and a tribute to Samuel C. Miller. Following Mr. Pierce's opening remarks about Sam's outstanding contribution to the museum world, Mr. de Montebello's lecture will explore the Soane
Museum as archetype to show how museums are anything but neutral environments for the display of works of art; how their multiple installation styles create narratives that alter context and accordingly, meaning and affect. Mr. de Montebello also approaches the museum from the outside in to show how the architecture sets up expectations and the frequent disparity between these and the contents, works of art. He further argues that, in museums, these are shown invariably in conversation with each other and at times even argumentatively.

LOCATION: The Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street (north side, between 5th and 6th), New York City

ATTIRE: Business - jacket and tie required for men.

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required

NEW YORK CITY


LIVE/WORK/PLAY – THE EVOLVING FUNCTIONS OF SIR JOHN SOANE'S HOUSE, MUSEUM AND ACADEMY

Talk by ABRAHAM THOMAS, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum, London


SOLD OUT


Monday, 17 November 2014 - 6pm lecture, reception to follow (Doors open at 5:45pm)

Sir John Soane's Museum has a rich history full of adaptation and re-use. During Soane's time the buildings existed in a number of states, and performed a number of functions – private home, the site of a busy architectural office, a space for teaching and, of course, a museum. This lecture explores these four characteristic qualities of Soane's great house museum and examines the embedded layers of adaptive experimentation and "tinkering" that continue to this very day.

LOCATION: The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner of Park), New York City

ATTIRE: Business - jacket and tie required for men.

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required – Lecture Patrons $100, Members $35, Non-Members $45, Students $10



NEW YORK CITY


A LINE UNBROKEN: INHERITING AN ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
A talk by JAMES PEILL, Curator, Coodwood House

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 – 6pm lecture, followed by a book-signing and reception


English houses dating from medieval times to the early 20th century that have passed by inheritance and never been sold. Mr. Peill will describe houses owned by both the aristocracy and the gentry along with familial chapels and churches. The owners' taste and status are revealed through the extraordinary interiors featuring wood paneling, opulent textiles, and plasterwork ceilings. The talk is based on his recent book The English Country House.

LOCATION: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets), New York City

CO-SPONSOR: The Soane is pleased to partner in support of this Royal Oak Foundation lecture.

TICKETS: Advance reservation required -- Member $30, Non-Member/Standard $40. Please use the Royal Oak web site for registration Use code 14FSJSM to receive the discounted member price.

SAN FRANCISCO


THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW
Art, Antiques, Design Fair
benefiting the Enterprise for High School Students


Wednesday, 22 October 2014 – Gala Preview
Show – Thursday, 23 October to
Sunday, 26 October 2014


The Soane Foundation is pleased to join
as a Cultural Partner for this show.


Click to visit SFFAS website


Join us as the Soane visits The Richard Meier Model Museum
with architect Richard Meier


Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 5:30pm to 7pm



This promises to be a dream adventure for architects, designers and lovers of the built world as we explore an amazing collection of some of the more than 400 models, 200 architectural drawings, and 50 sculptures created over the past fifty years. The Richard Meier Model Museum opened in March 2014 in a 15,000 square foot loft space which is part of a larger cultural complex called Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.

We will get a chance to privately explore the collection, enjoy a glass of wine and converse with Richard Meier and other members of Richard Meier & Partners, as well as members of the Soane Foundation's Executive Committee, including Tom Kligerman, Wendy Moonan, Suzanne Stephens, Walter Chatham, Anne Edgar, Maggie Carey and other members of our Board.

Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier's most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete. Some of the other iconic projects exhibited in the space include the Smith House, the Neugebauer Residence and the High Museum of Art. Other projects on view are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany. In addition, some unbuilt competition proposals for the World Trade Center Memorial, the New York Avery Fisher Hall, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France can be seen. Visitors to the space will have an opportunity to study Meier's complex design process seeing prominent buildings and projects from his entire work history. Mana Contemporary is a two million square foot contemporary art center and home to a community of artists. Inside Mana, one can find 100+ artists' studios, galleries, a foundry, dance studios, a silk screening studio, exhibition space, art services, and more. It is housed in a historic brick three-building complex at 888 Newark Avenue which dates from the 1920's, originally for the American Can Company.

Transportation will be offered from the westside of midtown Manhattan or one can get to the museum by the Path Train. You may also drive – there is an off-street free parking lot.

TICKETS to the EVENING – please use the included response form for your selection and payment. Options:
(1) Visit and Reception $50 per person
(2) Visit, Reception, Transportation* from westside of midtown Manhattan $75 per person

* For those taking the bus, we will plan to meet at 4:15pm for 4:30pm departure; return will be around 8pm.

– Event Flyer and Reply Form for 16 July 2014
– Reply Form only – 16 July 2014

PHOTOS: Steven Sze


LONDON

MASTERPIECE LONDON
Art, Antiques, Design Fair at The Royal Chelsea Hospital complex, South Grounds


Preview Night – Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Show – Thursday, 26 June to Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Soane Museum is pleased to join as a Cultural Partner for this fair.

Click to visit Masterpiece for more details and tickets



Press Release

See recent picturs on NewYorkSocialDiary for the American Committee kick-off event

Coverage on the DailyAD from Architectural Digest



SOANE VISITS – Day Trip
A Concealed Jewel in the Northwestern Connecticut Countryside
Designed by Daniel Libeskind

Visit lead by Daniel Liebeskind and his wife Nina


Saturday, 17 May 2014 – 9:30am to 5pm


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CASTLE HOWARD — 300 YEARS OF TRADITION AND CHANGE
Talk by The Honorable Simon Howard


Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 6pm lecture followed by a 7pm reception and book signing

LOCATION: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York (between 37th and 38th Street)

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required – $35 members of Royal Oak or Soane Foundation; $45 non-members

TO REGISTER: please visit www.royal-oak.org/lectures/ or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201.
ONLINE - Use discount code 14SSJSM online to receive the discount;
PHONE - when calling, mention your affiliation with the Soane Foundation.

Castle Howard–300 Years of Tradition and Change
Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century building set in 1,000 acres in North Yorkshire. Today, the house and its monumental landscape are familiar to audiences as Evelyn Waugh's fictional "Brideshead," from both the 1981 television adaptation and the two-hour 2008 movie. Building at Castle Howard began in 1699, under the 3rd Earl of Carlisle. Much of the building was constructed between 1699 and 1714 by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, to a design by the Earl's friend Sir John Vanbrugh. The result was a Baroque masterpiece—exuberantly decorated with coronets, cherubs, urns, and Doric and Corinthian pilasters—featuring a central block crowned by a central dome, with east and west side wings. By 1725, when an engraving of the house appeared in Vitruvius Britannicus, most of the exterior structure had been completed and its interiors opulently finished by designers such as Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini. Later parts of the building, including the Palladian-style West Wing, were completed over following decades and the remaining rooms completed by 1811. Tragically, a fire swept through the building in 1940 destroying principal and upper levels as well as the dome, which collapsed into the Great Hall. Successful rebuilding and restoration by the Howard family began 20 years later. Now the house contains exquisitely decorated rooms filled with family's collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings, porcelain, furniture, and antique sculpture. The world renowned painting collection includes Canaletto and Zuccarelli paintings purchased by the 4th Earl; Italian and Flemish Old Masters and portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough collected by the 5th Earl in the late 18th century; and 19th-century works by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones commissioned by the 9th Earl and Countess. Join The Hon. Simon Howard as he lectures about Castle Howard and gives a visual personal tour of the house and its extraordinary landscape with temples, lakes, and fountains. Mr. Howard will talk about the generations of his family who have contributed to the house's rich history. He also will describe modern living at Castle Howard and the ongoing preservation and restoration projects that will ensure its survival into the future.

THE HONORABLE SIMON HOWARD
The Hon. Simon Howard is Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. He is the third son of the late Lord Howard of Henderskelfe. Called back to Yorkshire in 1979 to supervise the filming of Brideshead Revisited, he became Managing Director of the Estate, and in 1984 became Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. Deeply involved in the Historic Houses Association, the body that represents some 1500 historic houses in private ownership in the UK, The Hon. Simon Howard served as Chairman of the Yorkshire Region from 1986 to 1997; Chairman of the National Tourism and Commercial Development Committee from 1995 to 2005; and from 1996 he was a Director of the Association. He has also been the Chairman of the Treasure Houses of England since 1995 and represents them in The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. He was High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in 1995, and has been a consultant to Sotheby's since 1998. Educated at Eton College, The Hon. Simon Howard then read Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester in Gloucestershire.


THE GREAT ROOM: SPACE, LIGHT, AND SOCIETY
IN THE WORK OF SOANE, LABROUSTE, AND WRIGHT


Talk by BARRY BERGDOLL, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; and Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 6:45pm
Doors open 6:30pm, wine reception following

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (northeast corner at Park Avenue), New York City

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required — Lecture Patrons $100; Members $35, Non-members $45; Students $10

ATTIRE: Business - jacket and tie required for men

Sir John Soane, Henri Labrouste and Frank Lloyd Wright produced quite independently places of numinous presence and great luminous effect for tasks that might otherwise be considered mundane -- banking, reading, and typing. This talk will look at the structural innovations, sources, and aesthetic elaboration of a series of spaces that transformed everyday civic actions into elevated participation in larger social and intellectual frameworks from Labrouste's two libraries, via Soane's Bank of England, to the great work rooms of the Larkin Soap Company and Johnson Wax of Frank Lloyd Wright. The talk will also give a quick preview of the themes of the upcoming exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright's Urban visions.

NEW YORK CITY

WILLIAM KENT: DESIGNING GEORGIAN BRITAIN

Exhibition now on view to 9 February 2014

The Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center

18 West 86th Street, between Columbus and Central Park West.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm
http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-at-bgc/main-gallery.html

The Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum, London have loaned to the exhibition eight drawings:
seven by William Kent, and one by a Soane pupil showing a William Kent interior, which has subsequently disappeared.

(following Bard, the exhibition then opens in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum)


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SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST

SOANE TRAVELS: Havana, Cuba

Sunday, 9 February to Friday, 14 February 2014

Soane Travels Exclusive
Joining us will be HERMES MALLEA, a Cuban American architect, designer and author of
The Great Houses of Havana

Five nights in Havana exploring architecture, design, the arts / music / dance and Cuban culture.
Our trip will feature visits with local architects, urban planners,
contemporary artists, homeowners and more.

More details to come . . .
Please be in touch if you have an interest in learning more asap!

Please contact the Soane Foundation to receive a print copy of the brochure, or for more information:.
telephone 212-223-2012 or email: chas@soanefoundation.com

Take a look at pictures from our January 2012 trip {click here} and then click on the photo to start a slideshow.


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NEW YORK CITY

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - Soane Patron Circle members are invited to a private visit:

AVERY ARCHITECTURAL AND FINE ARTS LIBRARY at Columbia University in the City of New York to see and explore some of the new Frank Lloyd Wright Archives and enjoy some varied highlights from the overall collection.

Please contact Chas Miller at 212-223-2012.
SOANE AND THE SOANE, The Man and His Museum

Talk by HELEN DOREY, Acting Director and Inspectress, Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Wednesday, 6 November 2013, 6:45pm (doors open 6:30pm)

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street at Park Avenue

ATTIRE: Business – Jacket and Tie required for men

TICKETS: Lecture Patrons $100, Members $30, Non-Members $40, Students $10


SAN FRANCISCO

Jazz Moderne: Art Deco & the Avant Garde is the theme of
THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

24 October – 27 October 2013

Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students, back for its 32nd year. The oldest international art and antiques fair on the West Coast, it features over 60 distinguished dealers from North America and Europe, along with a renowned Lecture Series, and complimentary Guided Tours of the show and "Cocktail Hour in the Cafe", a series of informational talks for arts enthusiasts.

Show: October 24-27, 2013
Preview Gala: October 23, 2013 7-10pm

Location: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

Tickets: Show: $15 in advance/$20 at the door / Lecture Series: $15/$18 at door / Preview Gala tickets $250 and up.

For more information and tickets: www.sffas.org (415) 989-9019, sffas@ehss.org

Discount tickets for SIR JOHN SOANE'S MUSEUM FOUNDATION members (ID with either e-blast or member card, though will also honor verbal identification at the door) are: $12 general admission, $12 per lecture (based on availability)

Brochure

JOURNEYS OFFERED BY THE SOANE

The Soane Foundation is pleased to offer a special last-minute opportunity to join friends of the Dulwich Picture Gallery on an upcoming tour in October 2013

WHISTLER IN LONDON
A Dulwich Picture Gallery Tour
Sunday, 13 October to Thursday 17 October 2013

This tour is presented in conjunction with the exhibition
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames



Please see attached brochure and reply form for full details.
Reservations due by September 20th.

For details on Dulwich Picture Gallery, please visit: www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk


Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and Sir John Soane's Museum, London are not associated with this tour offering or with any of the arrangements. This is a fully independent tour offer by Dulwich Picture Gallery and their operator Arts Abroad Limited. We offer this information as a service to our members and supporters and wish to thank Dulwich Picture Gallery for extending this offer.

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SOANE TRAVELS: Rome, Naples and Paestum
In the footsteps of Sir John Soane

Saturday, 5 October to Saturday, 12 October 2013

We start our explorations in Rome for three-nights at the Hotel Eden
and then move onto Naples for four-nights at the Hotel Excelsior


Please contact the Soane Foundation to receive a print copy of the brochure, or for more information:.
telephone 212-223-2012 or email: chas@soanefoundation.com

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Journeys Offered by the Soane

Sea Cloud II sailing June 13 to 22, 2013
France, England and the Low Countries

During a journey aboard the elegant sailing yacht Sea Cloud II, cruise from charming Honfleur to cosmopolitan Hamburg. Cruise to five maritime countries bordering the English Channel and the North Sea, beginning in the charming French port of Honfleur. From Portland, England, explore the 18th-century home and extensive gardens of Athelhampton House. Dock at Newhaven for a private visit to Firle Place, ancestral home of the Gage family, then discover Belgium's enchanting medieval town of Bruges. Continue to Amsterdam to see the Rijksmuseum before either taking a delightful city tour via private canal boat or visiting the Van Gogh Museum. Spend a morning in Haarlem or remain in Amsterdam for time at leisure before disembarking in Hamburg.

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New York City  

LONDON SQUARES & GARDENS FIT FOR A QUEEN
Talk by TODD LONGSTAFFE-GOWAN, Garden Designer & Landscape Historian

Monday, 11 March 2013 - 6:00pm – This lecture is following by a book signing

LOCATION: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, southwest corner of 57th Street. Advance Reservations Required

TICKETS: $30 members, $40 non-members

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Modern-day London abounds with a multitude of gardens, enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses. These green enclaves, known as squares, are among the most distinctive features of the metropolis and are England's greatest contribution to the development of European urban planning. Some of the first London squares were laid out in the 17th century, including Lincoln's Inn Fields; and by the 18th and 19th centuries, squares were laid out in Mayfair, Bloomsbury and Westminster, sometimes planned by notable designers such as Humphry Repton, Charles Barry and Edwin Lutyens. Traditionally, inhabitants who overlooked these gated communal gardens paid for their maintenance and retained special access. As such, they have long been synonymous with privilege, elegance, and prosperous metropolitan living. Many of these countryside oases have survived and adapted to become part of modern London's living urban panorama. Mr. Longstaffe-Gowan will delve into the history, evolution and social implications of London's squares, which have played a crucial role in the development of urban life.

In this lecture, Mr. Longstaffe-Gowan will also discuss his recently finished redesign of the pleasure grounds at Kensington Palace in honor of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in spring 2012 — the largest new garden to be laid out at a British Royal Palace for over a century. Kensington Palace — part of which is now open to the public — was built in the late 17th century for William III and Mary II, and has been a favorite place of residence for various members of the royal family, including Queen Victoria, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. It will soon become the London home of Prince William and Princess Catherine (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a prominent landscape architect and historian. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, and has responsibilities at five royal palaces in greater London, including Hampton Court, The Tower of London and Kew. He also serves as President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Todd is the author of several books, including The London Town Garden (Yale University Press, 2001), and The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace (Frances Lincoln, 2005). His most recent book, entitled The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town, was published by Yale University Press in May 2012 (available for signing).

This program is presented in cooperation with the Royal Oak Foundation.

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Kenwood House

ROBERT ADAM'S CHINOISERIES
Talk by David Pullins

Monday, 11 February 2013 A 6:30 pm (doors open 6:15pm)

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street at Park Avenue

ATTIRE: Business- Jacket and Tie required for men


Reservation Form

TICKETS: Lecture Patrons $100, Members $30, Non-Members $40, Students $10


Robert Adams: Carpet design for Elizabeth Montagu's salon at 23 Hill Street, dated 1766. Collection of
Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Robert Adam is celebrated today as the leading proponent of neoclassicism in England. If we follow conventional stylistic categories, he would be among the least likely architects to venture into the exoticism of the rococo or baroque; however, in three projects dated between 1766 and 1772, Adam produced designs in the Chinese taste, modifying the existing decorative vocabulary of chinoiserie in accordance with the new neoclassical aesthetic he was so pivotal in promoting. A seeming contradiction in terms, Adam's neoclassical chinoiserie challenges our assumptions not only about the architect but also stylistic categories.

Robert Adam, Chinoiserie looking-glass design for the state bedchamber, Harewood House (detail)
Feb. 1769. Sir John Soane's Museum, London (20:73)
Apart from a chimneypiece at Kenwood House that incorporates panels from a Chinese marble screen, Adam's chinoiserie works either do not survive or have been greatly modified. His dressing room for Elizabeth Montagu in Mayfair was quickly reconceived by Adam's competitor James Stuart and his looking-glass designs for Harewood House were probably never executed due to the discouragement of Thomas Chippendale. In the absence of extent work, an important group of drawings in Sir John Soane's Museum provides the principal source of information about this unexpected facet of Adam's career. Through a close examination of these drawings in conjunction with archival research conducted in London, Leeds, Edinburgh and Los Angeles made possible by the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation, this lecture attempts to reconstruct what we can know about Adam's chinoiserie designs and his motivation and tactics in producing them.

Harewood House, Yorkshire
David Pullins is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and currently a David E. Finley Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. David received a B.A. in art history from Columbia University and a M.A. as a Peter Jay Sharp Scholar at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where he began his work on Robert Adam. With the support of a Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship in 2011, David was able to return to work begun in his M.A. and complete the necessary archival research in London and Edinburgh to prepare a forthcoming article on the subject of Adam and chinoiserie.

SIR JOHN SOANE, IDIOSYNCRATIC CLASSICIST
Talk by Richard F. Sammons

Thursday, 17 January 2013 – 8pm

LOCATION: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

ATTIRE: Business

TICKETS: No advance reservations required, admission is free.
EVENT SPONSORED BY: The Architecture Committee of the National Arts Club

Does Sir John Soane (1753-1837) represent a prefiguration of Modernism, or was he the ultimate Classicist? His fascinating, unique, and immensely eccentric house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, preserved in his will as a museum, is a built tome of his theories, with an amazing collection of art, artifacts, drawings and models of his work. Through a visual tour of the house, we will try to understand the architect's intentions and explore the sources of his theories.The son of a bricklayer, in his prime Sir John Soane was at the pinnacle of the architectural profession in Britain: architect for the Bank of England. His influence on the profession was small, however, and his reputation at the end of the 19th century was relatively obscure. Interest in Regency Architecture was rekindled in the early 20th century, but then time, the rise of Modernism, and the London blitz took their toll on his works. Once Postmodernism created an interest in connecting Modernism and history, interest in Soane revived.

Richard F. Sammons is design director of Fairfax & Sammons Architects P.C., an internationally-recognized firm of classical architects specializing in residential architectural design which he founded with his wife and partner Anne Fairfax. He serves on the Council of Advisors of the Institute of Classical Architecture& Art (ICAA), of which he is a founding director, and on the board of directors of the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.
SOANE AND AMERICA:
A SURVEY OF SOANE'S INFLUENCE ON THE LAND HE NEVER VISITED 1796-1983

Talk by OLIVER BRADBURY

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - 6:00 pm (doors open 5:45pm)

LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street (at Park Avenue) ATTIRE: Business- Jacket and Tie required for men

TICKETS: Advance Reservations Required — $30 for members; $40 non-members.

Various American architects and designers have responded to Soane from the 1790s onwards and research has revealed, perhaps unexpectedly, just how influential he has been, particularly on the east coast and even as far as New Orleans, the Deep South. Careful observation reveals a near continuum from Benjamin Henry Latrobe's work up to Philip Johnson and so we have Latrobe introducing Soane's manner into the young nation during the 1790s; then William Jay (at Savannah and Charleston) bringing the English Regency style over; Maximilian Godefroy (as in the original interior of the First Unitarian Church, Baltimore, 1817-18); Asher Benjamin's influential pattern books; Edward C. Jones (Charleston); Charles Bulfinch (the 'Ether Dome' of Massachusetts General Hospital); certain aspects of the Eastlake-style; and then Johnson exploring Soane's legacy repeatedly from 1953 to 1972 (and 1982-3). Although isolated instances of Soane's American influence have been noted before, this talk might well be the first occasion ever to explore this influence as a historical continuum over two centuries.

Oliver Bradbury, MLitt, is a former Listed Building Consultant for English Heritage and has also undertaken research for the same organisation's London Blue Plaque scheme. From 2006 to 2008 he was the Assistant Architectural Adviser to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, London. He now works on historical research commissions; his largest to date being the former Hôtel Métropole, Northumberland Avenue, London, reopened in April 2011 as Corinthia Hotel London; and more recent clients being the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Nos. 1-2 Lincoln's Inn Fields, a few doors down from the Soane Museum and to be home of the sculptor Anish Kapoor; and the soon-to-open InterContinental London Westminster hotel. Bradbury has published two books: Cheltenham's Lost Heritage (2004) and The Lost Mansions of Mayfair (2008), and Ashgate Publishing Company (U.S.A.) will be publishing his third, Sir John Soane's Influence on Architecture, 1800-1980 – A Continuing Legacy in due course. An independent researcher from 2000, since 1995 he has written articles for The Burlington Magazine (with Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, London), Apollo, Country Life, The Tablet, The Times, The Georgian Group Journal and The Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society. His long-term research projects concern Sir John Soane's influence on the work of others from 1792 to 1980, subject of the talk above, as well as design, styling and entertainment in the 1970s.

This talk is presented in cooperation with the American Friends of the Georgian Group
CELEBRATING GREAT ROOMS: 300 YEARS OF CHANGING INTERIORS
Presented as part of the Lecture Series at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS)

Talk by LADY HENRIETTA SPENCER-CHURCHILL, Interior Designer and Author

Friday, 26 October 2012 - 2:30 pm - book signing to follow of The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve

LOCATION: Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason Center

SFFAS TICKETS: Advance registration suggested. Register online at www.sffas.org
A noted authority on period homes and historical styles, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill will speak about architectural elements, layouts, and design of interiors, from medieval times to present day. She will trace industrial and social advances that have led to the evolution of room function and décor. Her presentation will feature a stunning selection of illustrations from her new book, The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve (Rizzoli, 2012), among them Blenheim, her family's estate in England; Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, where her great-grandmother Consuelo Vanderbilt spent much of her childhood; and homes she has worked on as a designer.
San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW with the Special Exhibition: Sea Worthy
The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for a fifth year with the SFFAS.

Wednesday, 26 October 2012 - 7 pm to 9 pm - Preview Party Benefit Gala Opening Reception

LOCATION: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

SFFAS TICKETS: Advance purchase of tickets required. Register online at www.sffas.org, then go to Tickets

Boston

LONDON SQUARES & GARDENS FIT FOR A QUEEN
Talk by TODD LONGSTAFFE-GOWAN, Garden Designer & Landscape Historian

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 - 6:00pm – This lecture is followed by a reception sponsored by Freeman's

LOCATION: The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue (between Berkeley and Arlington)

ATTIRE: Business Attire - Jacket and Tie required for men

TICKETS:
SOLD OUT

The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor this talk with the Royal Oak Foundation and other cooperating partners. Lecture description and biographical information the speaker - please see under New York City

THE PERMANENTLY MAGICAL MUSEUM (the Soane)
Talk by HELEN DOREY, Deputy Director and Inspectress of Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 - 6:00pm - This lecture is preceded by a reception, there is an optional dinner following

LOCATION: St. Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Avenue (between Exeter and Fairfield)

ATTIRE: Business Attire - Jacket and Tie required for men

TICKETS:
SOLD OUT
In 1935, Disraeli wrote to Sir John Soane, "Your Museum is permanently magical." And so it continues to this day. For many individual collectors, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, remains the quintessential 'collectors museum' – a source of inspiration and delight for 200 years and one of the best examples of its kind in the world. Sir John Soane, R.A, (1753 -1837) was an English architect of significant influence during the last quarter of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The highly idiosyncratic Soane worked within the parameters of the classical idiom to create unique commercial and residential structures. The Dulwich Picture Gallery and portions of the Bank of England are among the few remaining examples of his distinctive style of public architecture. Established as a public museum by an Act of Parliament in 1833, Sir John Soane's Museum remains as the best example of his genius in the design of houses.

Helen Dorey is Deputy Director and Inspectress of Sir John Soane's Museum, London. She read History at Christ Church, Oxford, and subsequently studied the History of Art at the Study Centre in London. Dorey joined Sir John Soane's Museum in 1986 as Secretary (only the second person to hold that key appointment – the only administration role in the Museum at the time and planned so that the post could double as a curatorial one), but gradually took on an increasing load of curatorial work and has been the Inspectress and Deputy Director since 1995. In recent years, she has been focused on the massive renovation and reinstallation project, known as Opening up the Soane undertaking all the painstaking research into the history of both fabric and collections necessary for such a complex authentic restoration project.
Soane Conservation Study Group special visit to the ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

Thursday, 25 October 2012 - 10:45am (for 11am entry) to 1pm, with optional lunch and additional tour till 3pm

LOCATION: 25 Evans Way (the Museum's main entrance)


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Join us as we get a chance to explore both the private side and the public galleries of this amazing museum complex - which is comprised of both the historic palace building completed in 1903 as a home and the new wing designed by architect Renzo Piano and opened earlier this year. Our group, limited to just 15, will tour the new building with James Labeck, Director of Operations, then we will go behind-the-scenes to see the new wing's Conservation Studio, and see a new special contemporary exhibition with Curator Pieranna Cavalchini "The Great Bare Mat & Constellation: Raqs Media Collective". Following lunch, we will have a visit and tour of the original palace building with Dr. Anne-Marie Eze, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow who will focus on how the original Gardner Museum has been changed and impacted by the new building.

This conservation visit will be the seventh in our series of exploring other museums to better understand conservation at the Soane. Also joining us will be Helen Dorey of the Soane Museum, who will be able to comment on the practices at the Soane and the newly completed John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Conservation Center.
London

Dedication of the JOHN A. AND CYNTHIA FRY GUNN CONSERVATION CENTRE at Sir John Soane's Museum
Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Please be in touch if you would like to receive an invitation


United Kingdom

New York City

Join us for the Spring Show NYC, opening 2 May 2012. Click image for VIP Registration

1stdibs article on the show

New York City

LOOKING, GLASS; New Museums, New Millennium
Talk by Charles Renfro

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2012
6pm with reception to follow (doors open at 5:45pm)

LOCATION: Lincoln Center – The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater of The Film Society of Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th Street, New York City (south side of the block, at the mid-block traffic light - between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SEATING IS LIMITED. Please download the PDF reply form or call 212-223-2012 to reserve tickets.

RESERVATIONS: ___ x $35 members | ___ x 40 non-members | __ x $250 Lecture Patrons

Images: top, Broad Museum, Los Angeles; bottom, Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio which integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Based in New York City, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is led by three partners who work collaboratively with a staff of 75 architects, artists and administrators.

Charles Renfro, RA, joined the studio in 1997 and became partner in 2004. He attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. Mr. Renfro has served as visiting professor at both Rice University and Columbia University, among others.

On Tuesday, 24 April 2012, the firm will be honored by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation for its innovative work on museums and cultural institutions in the United States and worldwide. Recent projects in New York City have been the High Line and the redesign of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to name only two.





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2011 Fall Schedule of Events – September to December

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The 2011 Marita O'Hare Fellows Talk - New York City

GIOVANNI BATTISTA MONTANO'S FANTASTICAL RECONSTRUCTIONS OF ANCIENT ROMAN ARCHITECTURE
Talk by JANINA KNIGHT

Tuesday, 15 November -
6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. talk

LOCATION: The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, corner of Park. Attire: Jackets and Ties required for men.

Advance registration required: Please use form or reservations can be made by calling the Soane Foundation office at 212-223-2012.

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In 1818 Sir John Soane purchased a group of approximately three-hundred architectural drawings by the Italian architectural draughtsman Giovanni Battista Montano (1534-1621). This important acquisition provided Soane with a bounty of delightful, small-scale drawings for study, with most of the works depicting reconstructions of ancient Roman ruins and details of classical architectural ornamentation - subjects that had fascinated Soane for decades and influenced his own architectural designs. In fact, Soane would eventually use Montano's drawings, which he described as "full of rich fancy and elegant contrast," in his lectures at the Royal Academy to help dispute arguments that claimed ancient Roman architecture to be monotonous.

This lecture will discuss the role of Montano's drawn reconstructions in Rome's antiquarian and artistic societies between 1570 and 1621. The production of such imaginative architectural designs testifies to the growing desire amongst Early Modern artists, antiquarians, and humanists to understand the original appearance of Rome's famed ruins and crumbling monuments. Although Montano was not the only artist producing such images of ancient Roman buildings, his works stand apart for the quality of the draughtsmanship, the inventiveness of the designs, and the sheer number of works produced. While Montano never achieved fame in his own lifetime, a large body of his intriguing designs became celebrated after his death thanks to their posthumous publications in books of engravings. The most important aspect of Montano's legacy, however, is his surviving corpus of original drawings, for which Sir John Soane's Museum holds the single most valuable collection.

Ms. Knight is a Ph.D. Candidate at Queen's University, Canada, working under the supervision of Dr. Pierre du Prey. As one of the 2011 Soane Foundation Traveling Fellowship recipients, she spent five weeks working in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum in the autumn of 2011 and remained in London carrying out research through spring of 2011. She also has been the recipient of the Alfred Bader Travelling Fellowship when she carried out extended periods of research in Rome, Milan, and Vienna. Janina has presented papers on her dissertation research at the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Conference and at the Universities Art Association of Canada's Annual Conference. She has published papers on G.B. Montano and will be including her research on this artist in her dissertation, which explores artistic reconstructions of ancient Roman ruins produced by artists from the death of Michelangelo (1564) to the emergence of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (c.1625).

Images: photos by Janina Knight of Montano drawings in the
Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

This lecture is named in memory of Soane Foundation Board Member Marita O'Hare.

* Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org
or email to: lectures@royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201.


New York City

"SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PALACE" ON THE THAMES: HAM HOUSE
Talk by MICHAEL HALL, Historian and Author

Tuesday, 11 October - 6pm - Talk is followed by a reception. Doors open at 5:30pm.
LOCATION: The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street. Attire: Business attire suggested

Advance registration* required: $30 members; $40 non-members.

The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.

Although not far from the center of London, near Richmond on the south bank of the Thames, Ham House has the atmosphere of a remote, secluded country mansion. Originally the home of an Elizabethan naval captain, it was inherited in 1649 by one of the charismatic women of her age, Elizabeth, Lady Tollemache. Her great beauty—enhanced by flame-red hair—was admired by Oliver Cromwell, but unbeknownst to him she was a secret supporter of the exiled Charles II and quickly became a court favorite after the 1660 restoration. In 1672 she married one of the king's most loyal and powerful supporters, the Duke of Lauderdale. The couple spent lavishly on Ham, enlarging the house and furnishing it in the most fashionable 17th-century taste including a sequence of state rooms for a royal visit from Queen Catherine of Braganza. As much of their collection and decoration survives—often due to neglect—Ham embodies the opulence and joie-de-vivre of Charles II's court more vividly than any house England. When in 1879 the diarist Augustus Hare visited, he wrote that 'the inhabitants of this palace, which looks like that of Sleeping Beauty in the wood, have wealth which is inexhaustible, though they have scarcely any servants, no carriage, only bread and cheese for luncheon, and never repair or restore anything'. Michael Hall will tell the story of Ham House and its swings of fortune under a succession of often eccentric owners. He will illustrate the remarkable interiors full of rare textiles, furniture, miniatures, and paintings. He also will brings the house's history up to date with an account of the restoration undertaken by the National Trust since it was given the house in 1948 by the Tollemache family, work that has included a major restoration of the tapestry collection which still remain in situ after more than 300 years.


New York City

CELEBRATING THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE INTERIOR: PATRIOTISM, PATRONAGE AND PRIDE
Talk by JEREMY MUSSON, Architectural Historian and Author

Monday, November 7 - 6pm - Talk is followed by a reception and book signing. Doors open at 5:30pm.
LOCATION: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue

Advance registration* required: $30 members; $40 non-members.


The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.
England is known for its great country houses with splendid interiors. The houses reflect not only the personalities and the taste of their builders and owners, but also a desire to create houses which celebrated the riches and culture of England itself. The magnificent late 17th-century interiors at Boughton and Chatsworth were inspired by the grandeur of Louis XIV's court at Versailles, but they sought to provide an English equivalent to glorify their own Protestant state and pride in the monarchy. In the early 18th century, Lord Burlington, Lord Leicester and William Kent at Houghton and Holkham created a new style of grandeur for the fashionable English country house interiors sourced more directly on the classical Palladian example. Robert Adam also brought new knowledge of the classical world to interiors such as those at Kedleston and Syon—intended not just as palaces of entertainment and glamour, but also as projects that influenced the patronage of the arts and taste of the nation. In the 19th century, styles and furnishings reflected different waves of taste, often in reaction to earlier styles, as well as the development of interior spaces for private use. The Egyptian Dining Room at Goodwood, the Gothic Revival interiors at Arundel and the French Louis XIV rooms at Waddesdon Manor retain an expression of magnificence that have a personal and private meaning as well as a public role. Architectural historian and author Jeremy Musson, will trace these resonant themes through six centuries of English country house interiors and illustrate using fine images specially taken for his book by leading architectural photographer Paul Barker and old photographs from the Country Life archive.

New York City

LADY LONDONDERRY'S ENDURING LEGACY AT MOUNT STEWART
Talk by MICHAEL BUFFIN, Gardens and Parks Adviser for the National Trust

Tuesday, 6 December - 6pm - Talk is followed by a reception. Doors open at 5:30pm.
LOCATION: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue
Advance registration* required: $30 members; $40 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.
The garden at Mount Stewart is one of the National Trust's beloved properties in Northern Ireland, but the garden owes so much of its mystery, magic and artistry to its creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry. Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry, was a self-taught, highly gifted and passionate gardener, who first came to Mount Stewart in 1915. While the garden is now one of the most spectacular in Britain, Lady Londonderry described her first impression as "if ever there was a house bullied by trees, Mount Stewart was a pathetic example" and added that "no gardening of the modern type was attempted at Mount Stewart before the war [WW1]." By 1940, using demobbed labor and local craftsman, Lady Londonderry had completely transformed the plain lawns into a beautiful formal garden that resembled an Italian landscape. She used the wilderness and beauty of Strangford Loch as a dramatic backdrop by cutting a vista through to the man-made Sea Plantation, where she created a sea front paradise with a swimming pool, a Mediterranean garden, a rotating summer house and boardwalk leading out to the deeper water. In the formal gardens surrounding the house, she expressed her love of plants by lavishing the area with luxuriant and flamboyant planting schemes created in her unique gardening style. Mike Buffin will explore the early landscape of the garden at Mt. Stewart and focus on the unique influences of Edith, Lady Londonderry and her creative style. He will explain how as an untrained gardener, Lady Londonderry created one of the UK's greatest gardens. Mr. Buffin will also discuss the National Trust's role in caring for the garden since 1957 and the work currently underway to restore the garden to highlight Lady Londonderry's remarkable legacy.The garden at Mount Stewart is one of the National Trust's beloved properties in Northern Ireland, but the garden owes so much of its mystery, magic and artistry to its creator, Edith, Lady Londonderry. Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry, was a self-taught, highly gifted and passionate gardener, who first came to Mount Stewart in 1915. While the garden is now one of the most spectacular in Britain, Lady Londonderry described her first impression as "if ever there was a house bullied by trees, Mount Stewart was a pathetic example" and added that "no gardening of the modern type was attempted at Mount Stewart before the war [WW1]." By 1940, using demobbed labor and local craftsman, Lady Londonderry had completely transformed the plain lawns into a beautiful formal garden that resembled an Italian landscape. She used the wilderness and beauty of Strangford Loch as a dramatic backdrop by cutting a vista through to the man-made Sea Plantation, where she created a sea front paradise with a swimming pool, a Mediterranean garden, a rotating summer house and boardwalk leading out to the deeper water. In the formal gardens surrounding the house, she expressed her love of plants by lavishing the area with luxuriant and flamboyant planting schemes created in her unique gardening style. Mike Buffin will explore the early landscape of the garden at Mt. Stewart and focus on the unique influences of Edith, Lady Londonderry and her creative style. He will explain how as an untrained gardener, Lady Londonderry created one of the UK's greatest gardens. Mr. Buffin will also discuss the National Trust's role in caring for the garden since 1957 and the work currently underway to restore the garden to highlight Lady Londonderry's remarkable legacy.

London

SOANE CHARTER MEMBERS RECEPTION
The Trustees of Sir John Soane's Museum and Director Tim Knox pleased to invite you to a reception for American supporters. This reception will be held at Malplaquet House.

Wednesday, 5 October - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: to be confirmed upon acceptance

R.s.v.p. to Chas Miller - chas@soanefoundation.com or at 212-223-2012 if you wish to attend.

Boston

THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN PARIS

Talk by TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum

Tuesday, 25 October - 6pm lecture, followed by a reception

Location: American Meteorological Society
45 Beacon Street, Boston

The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talk with the Nichols House Museum of Boston: Reservations are for Members Only and invited guests. We regret this event is not open to the general public.
The British Ambassador's Residence in Paris is one of the most splendid historic homes in the French capital and the most impressive of all British ambassadorial residences abroad. Based on his new book on the subject, Tim Knox will tell the stirring story of the house, from its origins as the home of the Ducs de Charost, to its opulent heyday under Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, much of whose luxurious furniture and decoration survives intact. Since 1814, when Pauline sold the house to the 1st Duke of Wellington, the mansion has served as the residence of successive British Ambassadors to France, who altered the house to suit their taste and character, notably Sir Duff Cooper and his beautiful wife, Lady Diana, whose Empire-style study is still redolent of their brilliant social circle in Post-War Paris. This beautiful house in the rue du Faubourg St. Honore, furnished with masterpieces of French Empire furniture and decorative arts, English silver, and paintings by British artists, remains a splendid, but hard-working setting for promoting the Franco-British relationship. The British Ambassador's Residence in Paris is published by Flammarion, 2011.

Tim Knox is Director of perhaps the most extraordinary historic house museum in the world, Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. An architectural historian with a particular interest in country houses and collecting, he was formerly Head Curator for the National Trust.

Chicago

THE STRANGE GENIUS OF SIR JOHN SOANE

Talk by TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Thursday, 27 October

Reservations are for Members Only and invited guests. We regret this event is not open to the general public.


Los Angeles

"SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PALACE" ON THE THAMES: HAM HOUSE
Talk by MICHAEL HALL, Historian and Author

Monday, 3 October - 7:00pm - Reception follows at 8pm

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brown Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Advance registration* required: $25 members and $35 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.

Philadelphia

"SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PALACE" ON THE THAMES: HAM HOUSE
Talk by MICHAEL HALL, Historian and Author

Thursday, 13 October - 6:30pm - Reception at 6pm sponsored by Freeman's
Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

Advance registration* required: $25 members and non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.


Philadelphia

CELEBRATING THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE INTERIOR: PATRIOTISM, PATRONAGE AND PRIDE
Talk by JEREMY MUSSON, Architectural Historian and Author

Tuesday, 8 November - 6:30pm - Reception at 6pm sponsored by Freeman's
Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

Advance registration* required: $25 members and non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.

San Francisco

KING GEORGE III: "A GOOD CONNOISSEUR" AND COLLECTOR
Talk by OLIVER EVERETT, Librarian Emeritus, Royal Library, Windsor Castle

Wednesday, 28 September - 6:30pm - Reception at 6pm
Location: The Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Attire: Business, jacket and tie required for men.

Advance registration* required: $25 members and $35 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.


Although generally portrayed in American schools as a controversial historical figure, whose "tyrannical" rulership and mad behavior cost him the colonies, King George III was neither a tyrant nor mad and was one of Britain's great royal patrons of the arts. During his 59 years reign—a record that only has been surpassed by his granddaughter Queen Victoria—he bought the future Buckingham Palace, re-inhabited Windsor Castle and refurbished Somerset House. He acquired thousands of Old Master drawings, paintings and decorative arts, including works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Canaletto, Zoffany, Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley. The King was especially interested in collecting books and maps (that later formed the nucleus of the British Library) and demonstrated his interest in science by commissioning time-keeping devices for every room in Buckingham House! This lecture will examine George III's artistic legacy still present in the Royal Collection and demonstrate how the King, described by a biographer, was "the most cultured monarch ever to sit on the throne of Britain" despite great political, military, and social upheaval.

San Francisco

"SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PALACE" ON THE THAMES: HAM HOUSE
Talk by MICHAEL HALL, Historian and Author

Tuesday, 4 October - 6pm - Reception at 7pm
Location: Grace Cathedral, Gresham Hall, 1100 California Street

Advance registration* required: $25 members and $35 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.
San Francisco

PRINCELY TREASURES
Talk by ARCHDUKE DR. GÉZA VON HABSBURG, Fabergé Guest Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lecturer, and Author, New York

Friday, 28 October - 11:00am - book signing to follow
Location: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
Tickets: general admission $15 - lecture $15 in advance, $18 at the door
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talk with the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show and other cooperating partners - The French Heritage Society and the Royal Oak Foundation:

Beginning in the late 16th century, Kunstkammern (literally "art chambers," also referred to as "cabinets of curiosities") were formed by princes for their own personal pleasure to share but with a select few. These predecessors of museums also served didactic purposes. They often contained some of the most valuable unalienable heirlooms of a family. Illuminating the hidden collections of the Ambras Castle of Archduke Ferdinand II; the Hradshin in Prague of Emperor Rudolf II, and the Munich Residenz of the Wittelsbach dukes, von Habsburg will acquaint us with the passion with which royalty obtained and vied with each other over their treasures.
SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW

The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for a third year with the SFFAS.

Wednesday, 26 October - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Preview Party Benefit Gala Opening Reception
Thursday, 27 October through Sunday, 30 October - 10:30am to 7pm, Sunday Noon to 5pm


Location: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

SFFAS TICKETS: Advance purchase of tickets required. Please call 415-989-9019 after September 7 or register online at www.sffas.org

Washington, DC

"SLEEPING BEAUTY'S PALACE" ON THE THAMES: HAM HOUSE
Talk by MICHAEL HALL, Historian and Author

Wednesday, 12 October - 7:15pm - Reception at 6:45pm sponsored by Freeman's
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (corner of 18th Street)

Advance registration* required: $25 members and $35 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.


Washington, DC

CELEBRATING THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE INTERIOR: PATRIOTISM, PATRONAGE AND PRIDE

Talk by JEREMY MUSSON, Architectural Historian and Author

Thursday, 10 November - 7:15pm - Reception at 6:45pm sponsored by Freeman's
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (corner of 18th Street)

Advance registration* required: $25 members and $35 non-members.
The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.

The Soane Foundation would like to express special thanks
to our 2011 event partners and collaborators to-date:

Art Institute of Chicago

Carlton Hobbs

Checkerboard Film Foundation

Nichols House Museum

The ArtFair Company

The Boston Athenaeum

Royal Oak Foundation

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

and

other co-sponsoring organizations around the county

New York City

Screening - Conversation - Reception
Robert A. M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House

Tuesday, 20 September 201-- 6pm (doors open 5:40pm) **SOLD OUT**
LOCATION: Union Club, 101 East 69th Street at Park Avenue

ATTIRE: Business attire required. Gentlemen: jackets and ties.
TICKETS: advance purchase required. Individuals tickets are $100 per person. Patrons at $500 receive two tickets, and Underwriters at $1,000 receive two tickets. Patrons and Underwriters will be recognized on our web site and in the program of the evening.

All except $35 per ticket is tax deductible.
Please make checks payable to: Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation. Credit cards accepted.

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Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and Checkerboard Film Foundation are pleased to present the premiere screening of Checkerboard's newest film. You are cordially invited to join us for this special benefit evening, featuring the screening of Checkerboard's newest film in their Explorations in 21st Century American Architecture series. A conversation with Robert A. M. Stern, moderated by Suzanne Stephens of Architectural Record will follow. The evening will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Even during the Great Recession of 2008, one new apartment house in New York City continued to raise the bar for real-estate prices: 15 Central Park West. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, the lavish, limestone-clad structure between 61st to 62nd streets is arguably one of the most luxurious residential buildings to rise in the city in decades. Stern deliberately evokes the grand era of New York apartments designed in the 1920s and 1930s, especially the intricately planned architecture of Rosario Candela.
Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, with his own practice in New York, has written a series of books on the history of New York City architecture, in which the high-rise apartment house plays a prominent part.

In this film, shot in High-Definition, Stern explains why apartment houses of past decades appealed to so many affluent city dwellers and the lessons learned by examining the buildings? design and construction. Amenities of 15 Central Park West, such as 10-foot-high ceilings, a private dining room for the inhabitants, along with a library and other common spaces, represent a return to features of New York City?s earliest apartment buildings dating to the 19th century.

Rounding out this exploration of the New York City apartment house are brief glimpses of certain modern residential towers in Lower Manhattan designed by today's vanguard architects. In addition, Elizabeth Hawes, author of New York, New York: How the Apartment House Transformed the Life of the City (1869-1930) provides informative socio-cultural observations about this form of high-rise living.

Robert A. M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House
Producer: Edgar B. Howard Director and Editor: Tom Piper
Cinematography: Tom Piper, David Leitner Architectural Advisor: Suzanne Stephens
Principal Funding provided by: The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
© 2011 by Checkerboard Film Foundation, Inc. New York, NY

New York City

ARCHITECTURE FOR ANIMALS
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Menageries and Aviaries in Eighteenth and
Early Nineteenth-Century England


Talk by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum


Thursday, 28 April 2011 - 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue bet. 66th and 67th Sts

Advance reservation are not required however you must have a valid entry to the antiques show. Seating is limited and on a first come basis. A limited number of seats may be requested in advance by Friday, April 22nd to the Soane Foundation office.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the Spring Show NYC of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America which runs from Thursday, 28 April to Monday, 2 May 2011.

Image: 'The Nubian Giraffe' 1827, Jacques-Laurent Agasse (1767-1849), The Royal Collection © 2001, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Exotic birds and animals had long been prized as pets and curiosities in Britain, but the eighteenth century saw the establishment of menageries and aviaries as a fashionable adjunct to a country house garden or park. Inspired by descriptions of such collections from antiquity, and by the larger and much more ambitious menageries at Versailles and in the parks of German princelings, soon a menagerie was the boast of many a nobleman's seat. They often took the form of a lavishly decorated banqueting house, combined with pens and cages for fierce or unusual animals, and brilliantly plumaged birds. Particularly extravagant was the Earl of Halifax's at Horton, Northamptonshire – an elaborate domed pavilion with elaborate plasterwork and a subterranean kitchen – but others were simple affairs with wire and wicker cages. The most distinguished architects vied with one another to design these structures, there are menagerie and aviary buildings by Sir William Chambers, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and Humphry Repton, although Sir John Soane's experience of animal accommodation was restricted to domestic animals – a cow house, and a chicken coop for the Duke of Leeds! Eighteenth-century menageries housed an astonishing variety of birds and beasts – Horace Walpole saw 'tygers' and 'hogs with navels on their backs from Havannah' at Horton, while there was a moose at Goodwood, and a bear at Longleat. Ladies favoured gentler species – Mrs Child's aviary at Osterley Park – which had 'cranes that follow you around like dogs' - was the envy of her friends. As the century advanced, buildings got more elaborate, and the species more diverse. If the Prince Regent's glazed Parrot House at the Brighton Pavilion, inspired by a towering Buddhist stupa, never got built, then there were other equally bizarre structures that did. The earliest public zoological gardens of the Victorian era – enlivened with a wealth of whimsical animal houses – form the conclusion of this illustrated talk.



New York City


BRITISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN PARIS

Talk by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane's Museum

Thursday, 28 April - 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, northeast corner of Park
BUSINESS ATTIRE REQUIRED

Tickets: $35 members; $40 non-members (Tickets are limited, sorry if we cannot accommodate)

Advance reservations are required. Please contact the Soane Foundation. The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation.

The British Ambassador's Residence in Paris is one of the most splendid historic homes in the French capital and the most impressive of all British ambassadorial residences abroad. Based on his new book on the subject, Tim Knox will tell the stirring story of the house, from its origins as the home of the Ducs de Charost, to its opulent heyday under Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte, Princess Borghese, much of whose luxurious furniture and decoration survives intact. Since 1814, when Pauline sold the house to the 1st Duke of Wellington, the mansion has served as the residence of successive British Ambassadors to France, who altered the house to suit their taste and character, notably Sir Duff Cooper and his beautiful wife, Lady Diana, whose Empire-style study is still redolent of their brilliant social circle in Post-War Paris. This beautiful house in the rue du Faubourg St. Honore, furnished with masterpieces of French Empire furniture and decorative arts, English silver, and paintings by British artists, remains a splendid, but hard-working setting for promoting the Franco-British relationship. The British Ambassador's Residence in Paris is published by Flammarion, 2011.
New York City

INSPIRED BY ANTIQUITY
Classical Influences on 18th and 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Objects

Includes works by Thomas Hope from the Philip Hewat-Jaboor collection of Regency furniture and works of art. Preview and opening reception to benefit Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Preceding the opening, there will be a talk at 5:30pm (SOLD OUT) - In Marble Halls by Tim Knox, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum.  (see below the full description of the lecture.)

Seating is very limited; we regret in advance if the lecture is sold out, but sincerely hope you will still join us for the benefit reception.

Carlton Hobbs LLC
60 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128

A contribution of one hundred dollars per person is suggested for the Soane Conservation Fund for Sculptures and Antiquities at

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Inquiries concerning the events: Chas Miller, Soane Foundation - T.
212-223-2012 | Chas@SoaneFoundation.com

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Boston

IN MARBLE HALLS:
Showing off Antique Sculpture in British Country Houses c.1700-1800
Talk by TIM KNOX

Thursday, 20 January 2011 - 6:00pm talk with reception to follow

LOCATION: The Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston
Doors open at 5:30pm for lecture seating.

A joint program of the Soane Foundation and The Boston Athenaeum. 

Support for this presentation provided by Waterworks.

Advance registration required: $25 members and non-members. Reservations can be made by returning the attached form or calling the Soane Foundation office at 212-223-2012. Seating is limited.

Boston RSVP Form


PHOTO CREDIT: Derry Moore. IMAGE: A Roman bust of an elaborately coiffed woman catches a beam of light in the Dome space, Soane Museum
Tim Knox, Directorof that veritable antiquarian treasury, Sir John Soane's Museum in London, talks about the marble mania that gripped Britain in the eighteenth century - beginning with the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, who amassed a huge collection of Graeco-Roman marbles at Wilton House in Wiltshire, which he endlessly arranged and catalogued, attempting a chronological display to illustrate Roman history. Less systematic, but scarcely less acquisitive were the Grand Tourists, the Earl of Carlisle and the Earl of Leicester, whose impressive collections still provide heroic scenography in the corridors and galleries of Castle Howard, Yorkshire and Holkham Hall, Norfolk. At Newby Hall in Yorkshire, Robert Adam himself devised the gallery setting - complete with antique-style plinths, light fittings and stoves - for William Weddell's famous Barberini Venus, while the Hon. Charles Hamilton's Bacchus - reputedly the most expensive statue ever sold in England - occupied its own Adam temple in the gardens at Painshill, Surrey.

Many lesser English country houses still contain small collections of statues, bust, vases and sarcophagi, but few could compete with the omniverous Charles Townley, who never realized his dream of establishing his huge and varied collection at his Lancashire seat. His friend, the Catholic squire, Henry Blundell, did, building at Ince Blundell, Lancashire, a miniature copy of the Pantheon in Rome for his antiquities between 1801-10.

As opportunities for acquiring first-class ancient sculpture dwindled, collectors - like the Duke of Bedford and Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, and the 6th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth, Derbyshire - took to creating galleries of modern ideal sculpture inspired by the Antique. Sir John Soane formed his own collection of antiquities not in Rome but in the London saleroom, from the spoils of other collections.


Boston

LUNCH in Honor of Tim Knox
Please join Waterworks at the Boston Design Center for a luncheon honoring Tim Knox.

Friday, 21 January 2011 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

LOCATION: Waterworks, One Design Center Place, Suite 147

R.s.v.p. to Sue Corr at 617-951-2496 by January 14th.
Waterworks Invitation

Fall 2010 Events

Fall 2010 EVENTS and REPLY FORM
Fall 2010 REPLY FORM ONLY
New York City
The 2010 Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Fellows Talk
A RENAISSANCE WITHOUT ORDER:
Licentious ornament and the dialogue between architectural prints and drawings


Talk by MICHAEL J. WATERS
Tuesday, 9 November 2010 -
6:00 pm reception, 6:30pm talk
 
LOCATION: The Union Club, 101 East 69th St., corner of Park.  Jackets and Ties required for men.
Advance registration required: $30 members, $40 general, $10 students (if using a university email or id).
Reservations can be made by returning the attached form or calling the Soane Foundation office at 212-223-2012.

North Italian Album at the Soane Museum, folio 64-65

The rise of the illustrated printed architectural treatise in the mid-sixteenth century revolutionized architecture, providing architects throughout Europe with easily reproducible architectural models.  It is often asserted that printing also led to the codification of architectural details and the five Orders, ending the mutable process of transmission through drawings and sketchbooks.  Through studying the dialogue between sixteenth-century architectural drawings, treatises, and often overlooked, small individual prints of column bases, capitals, and cornices, this lecture propose that rather than ending the fluid sketchbook process of exchange and invention, the individual single-leaf architectural print not only emerged from a sketchbook tradition and but also played an active role in continuing that tradition.  Like the drawings they were derived from such as the North Italian Album and the Codex Coner in the collection of the Soane Museum, these prints of architectural details were volatile objects of transmission that promoted ornamental variety that continued to be transformed through their use and replication. They ran counter to the printed architectural treatise and encouraged what the Renaissance theorist Sebastiano Serlio derided as “licentious” architecture.  By revealing this dynamic, previously unstudied side of sixteenth-century architectural print culture, this lecture presents Renaissance architecture in a new light, bringing it out of the shadows of the architectural Orders.

Starting September 2010, Mr. Waters is spending a year in Rome on a Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome - returning to New York for just one week in November.  Earlier this year, he completed a stay in London as our Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship recipient for 2009. Michael is a PhD Candidate and Erwin Panofsky Fellow at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.  Before to coming to New York, he received a BFA in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MA in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is currently working on a dissertation on materials, materiality, and spolia in Italian Renaissance architecture in addition to an article and exhibition on sixteenth-century drawings and engravings of architectural details.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, and has presented papers at the Society’s annual meeting as well as that of the Renaissance Society of America.

The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with the Royal Oak Foundation and other cooperating partners:

New York City
SYRIE MAUGHAM: STAGING THE GLAMOROUS INTERIOR
Talk by PAULINE METCALF, Historian and Author
Thursday, 21 October 2010 - 6:00 pm with reception following
Location: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Street) - doors open 5:30pm

New York City
SPEED, STYLE AND THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
Talk by CURT DICAMILLO, Historian and Exec. Dir. of National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
Tuesday, 7 December 2010 - 6:00 pm with reception following
Location:  Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Street) - doors open 5:30pm

NEW YORK 10/21 and 12/7 RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201.  Tickets: $30 members, $40 non-members.


The Soane Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the following talks with
the Royal Oak Foundation and other cooperating partners:

BostonSOLD OUT
BELVOIR CASTLE: 1000 YEARS OF FAMILY, ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Talk by THE DUCHESS OF RUTLAND, Owner, Belvoir Castle
Thursday, 14 October 2010 - 6:00 pm, lecture followed by a reception and book-signing


Chicago
THE STRANGE GENIUS OF SIR JOHN SOANE
Talk by TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Monday, 1 November 2010 - 6:00 pm, followed by a reception
Location: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 50 East Erie Street.  Formal business attire required.
Advance registration required: $40 members, $50 non-members.  Seating is limited.  
Co-sponsored with The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

CHICAGO RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201.   Tickets: $40 members, $50 non-members - please mention you are a supporter of the Soane Foundation to receive the member price.  Seating is limited.



London
SOANE CHARTER MEMBERS RECEPTION A The Trustees and Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum are pleased to invite you to a reception for American supporters. There will be an opportunity to explore the Museum, which will be candle-lit for the occasion.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
LONDON: R.s.v.p. to Chas Miller - chas@soanefoundation.com or at 212-223-2012 if you wish to attend.


Los Angeles
A ROYAL RESIDENCE: KENSINGTON PALACE
Talk by LUCY WORSLEY, Curator of Historic Royal Palaces
Monday, 4 October 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6pm reception and book-signing
Location: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East
Advance registration required: $25 members, $35 non-members

Los Angeles
SYRIE MAUGHAM: STAGING THE GLAMOROUS INTERIOR
Talk by PAULINE METCALF, Historian and Author
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - 11:00 am, preceeded by coffee/tea at 10am, and followed by luncheon
at 12:15pm, and a book signing before and after talk

Location: Beverly Hills Women’s Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive
Advance registration required: $58 members, $68 non-members

LOS ANGELES RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201. - please mention you are a supporter of the Soane Foundation to receive the member price.


Philadelphia
A ROYAL RESIDENCE: KENSINGTON PALACE
Talk by LUCY WORSLEY, Curator of Historic Royal Palaces
Thursday, 30 September 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6:00 pm cash bar -
followed by optional dinner, please inquire.

Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

Philadelphia
BELVOIR CASTLE: 1000 YEARS OF FAMILY, ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Talk by THE DUCHESS OF RUTLAND, Owner, Belvoir Castle
Monday, 11 October 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6:00 pm cash bar -
followed by optional dinner, please inquire.

Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

Philadelphia 
‘MANDARIN ONLY IS THE MAN OF TASTE’: CHINOISERIE IN BRITAIN 1650-1820
Talk by DAVID BEEVERS, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Monday, 25 October 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6:00 pm cash bar -
followed by optional dinner, please inquire.

Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

Philadelphia
SPEED, STYLE AND THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
Talk by CURT DICAMILLO, Historian and Exec. Dir. of National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
Monday, 15 November 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6:00 pm cash bar -
followed by optional dinner, please inquire.

Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire Required

PHILADELPHIA RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201.  Tickets:  $20 members and non-members.


San Francisco
A ROYAL RESIDENCE: KENSINGTON PALACE
Talk by LUCY WORSLEY, Curator of Historic Royal Palaces
Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 6:30 pm, preceeded a by 6pm reception
Location: Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Business Attire Required
Advance registration required: $30 members, $40 non-members

SAN FRANCISCO 10/5 RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201 - please mention you are a supporter of the Soane Foundation to receive the member price.

San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW with the Special Exhibition: Chinoiserie
The Soane Foundation is pleased to serve as a Cultural Partner for a third year with the SFFAS.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Preview Party Benefit Gala Opening Reception
Location: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
SFFAS TICKETSAdvance purchase of tickets required. Please call 415-989-9019 or register online at www.sffas.org

San Francisco
SOANE CHARTER MEMBERS BREAKFAST A Please join BARBARA SALLICK, co-founder
 of WATERWORKS, for a breakfast honoring TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum
Thursday, 28 October 2010 - 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Waterworks, 235 Kansas Street
R.s.v.p. to Gracie Hurtado - ghurtado@waterworks.com or at 415-431-7160

San Francisco
THE STRANGE GENIUS OF SIR JOHN SOANE
Talk by TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Thursday, 28 October 2010 - 6:30 pm,
preceeded a by 6pm reception
- optional dinner to follow, please inquire

Location: Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Business Attire Required

SOANE FOUNDATION: Advance registration required: $30 members, $40 non-members. Reservations can be made by returning the attached form or calling the Soane Foundation office at 212-223-2012.  Tickets may also be reserved through the Royal Oak Foundation.


San Francisco
‘MANDARIN ONLY IS THE MAN OF TASTE’: CHINOISERIE IN BRITAIN 1650-1820
Presented as part of the Lecture Series, Chinoiserie Chic, at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS)
Talk by DAVID BEEVERS, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Friday, 29 October 2010 - 2:30 pm
Location: Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason Center
SFFAS TICKETS:  Advance registration required: $22 members only (includes discount admission to the SFFAS); To Register, please call 415-989-9019 or register online at www.sffas.org

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Brochure


Washington, DC
PALLADIO AND HIS LEGACY: A TRANSATLANTIC JOURNEY
The Royal Institute of British Architects Trust and the National Building Museum are pleased to present this second showing of the exhibition here in the United States.
Exhibition: 2 September to 9 January 2011
Private Viewing and Reception: Thursday, 16 September 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8pm - by invitation only - please call the Soane Foundation if you would like to potentially attend the opening.
For more exhibition details, please go the National Building Museum web site
or the full address is > www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/palladio-and-his-legacy.html

Palladio and His Legacy offers a rare opportunity to see some of the most important drawings in the world of architecture—thirty-one, 16th-century works from the hand of the Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio. These illustrations link the splendor of ancient Rome to the power and wealth of the Venetian Republic and, ultimately, to the symbols of our American democracy.

Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation is pleased to partner with the RIBA Trust on this presentation of Palladio and His Legacy in the United States.

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD – posted 16 April 2010
“Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey” – interview by Suzanne Stephens and William Hanley

Washington, DC
A CLASSICAL HOUSE IS STILL A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Talk by Gil Schafer III, AIA
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 - 7:15 pm talk, preceeded by a reception at 6:45 pm
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 2nd Floor - corner of 18th Street
           
Washington, DC
SPEED, STYLE AND THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
Talk by CURT DICAMILLO, Historian and Exec. Dir. of National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 - 7:15 pm talk, preceeded by a reception at 6:45 pm
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 2nd Floor - corner of 18th Street

Washington, DC
A FAMILY AFFAIR: TREASURES FROM THE ROTHCHILD COLLECTION AT
WADDESDON MANOR
Talk by DR. ULRICH LEBEN
Thursday, 18 November 2010 - 7:15 pm talk, preceeded by a reception at 6:45 pm
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 2nd Floor - corner of 18th Street

WASHINGTON, DC  RESERVATIONS: Advance registration required.  Please reserve through the Royal Oak Foundation online at www.royal-oak.org or by phone to Robert Dennis at 212-480-2889 ext. 201.  Tickets: $25 members, $35 non-members


Exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum
Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
NEW YORK - 2 April to 1 August 2010
[ Palladio and Soane – click for more information ]

Palladio and His Legacy features thirty-one original Palladio drawings from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). These exquisite drawings, which were exhibited only once before in America and never in New York, will be on view to the public for the first time in over thirty years. They are being presented with rare architectural texts to illustrate the journey from Italy to North America of Palladio's design principles of proportion, harmony, and beauty. 

Palladio's work has significantly impacted American architecture from colonial times to the present day. Focusing on the artist's original drawings and following the trajectory of his ideas, the show also traces the story of American Palladianism. The drawings are supported by numerous architectural models. Three large examples—the Pantheon, Villa Rotunda, and Jefferson's unrealized design for the White House — programmatically illustrate the journey from Rome to America. Smaller models along with rare architectural texts and pattern books, through which Palladio's ideas were primarily transmitted, reinforce the themes of the exhibition.  The exhibition is presented by the Royal Institute of British Architects in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York. Models by Timothy Richards.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Regione del Veneto, Dainese, RIBA Library Trust Fund, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, British Architectural Library Trust, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Center for Palladian Studies in America, William T. Kemper Foundation, and Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.  The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York City: www.themorgan.org



Exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
LONDON - 19 February to 1 May 2010


After acclaim received in America in the Fall 2009, this jointly organized exhibition comes to the Soane along with Promiscuous Assemblage, Friendship & The Order of Things, an extraordinary site-specific installation for the Breakfast Room of No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields created by artist Jane Wildgoose to accompany and complement the exhibition.  Mrs. Delany and Her Circle will explore the life, world and work of Mary Delany, née Mary Granville (1700 – 1788).

Though best known for her almost one thousand botanical "paper mosaics" now housed in the British Museum, which she began at the age of 72, Mrs. Delany used her craft activities to cement bonds of friendship and negotiate complex, interlinked social networks throughout a long life passed in artistic, aristocratic, and court circles in Georgian England and Ireland.

Mrs. Delany and Her Circle has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and  Sir John Soane's Museum. Further details: www.soane.org

WORLD OF INTERIORS – April 2010
“Building The Lily” – current Soane Museum exhibition review


COUNTRY LIFE MAGAZINE – 17 February 2010
“Art of Scissors and Paper” – current Soane Museum exhibition review of Mrs. Delany and Her Circle


Exhibition at The Frick Collection:
Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery
NEW YORK - 9 March to 30 May 2010

This spring, the Frick presents a special exhibition of loans from Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the major collections of Old Master paintings in the world. Heralding the London museum’s bicentenary in 2011, the exhibition will introduce American audiences to this institution’s holdings and history through nine of its most important and best-loved works. 

Dulwich is the oldest public art gallery in England. The collection is housed in one of Sir John Soane’s architectural masterpieces, especially built for the paintings that once belonged to the French art dealer Noel Desenfans (1744–1807) and his Swiss associate, Sir Francis Bourgeois (1753–1811).  Included are signature works that seldom travel, many of which have not been on view in the United States in recent years, and, in some cases, never in New York City. Featured are Anthony Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah, c. 1619–20; Nicolas Poussin’s Nurture of Jupiter, c. 1636–37; Rembrandt van Rijn’s Girl at a Window, 1645; Peter Lely’s Nymphs by a Fountain, c. 1650; Gerrit Dou’s Woman Playing a Clavichord, c. 1665; Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Flower Girl, c. 1665; Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Les Plaisirs du bal, c. 1717; Canaletto’s Old Walton Bridge, 1754; and Thomas Gainsborough’s Elizabeth and Mary Linley - The Linley Sisters, 1771–72. The works will be on view in the Oval Room and Garden Court of The Frick Collection. 

The exhibition is co-organized by The Frick Collection and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York City: www.frick.org. For infomration on Dulwich: www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk


Exhibition at Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Richard Wilson and the British Arcadia

NEW YORK - 29 April to 25 June 2010

Richard L. Feigen & Co. will present this loan exhibition dedicated to the first great British landscape artist, Richard Wilson (c.1713-1782).  This will be the first exhibition to be devoted to the artist in North America in over 25 years.  Although his life ended in poverty and neglect, Wilson was greatly admired by the next generation of British landscape artists, notably Constable and Turner, on whom he had an important formative influence.  By the early 19th century, Wilson came to be called the “founder of the English school of landscape painting.” as he is still often described today. 

Richard L. Feigen & Co., 34 East 69th Street, New York City - check for opening times. www.rlfeigen.com


L E C T U R E S  &  E V E N T S
Advanced paid reservations are required for all lecture and events


NEW YORK - Monday, 26 April
7:00pm Cocktails, 8:00pm Dinner, Awards and Dancing

Bravo Palladio - The Soane Gala Dinner

An annual celebration event and presentation this year of The Soane Foundation Honors to A. Eugene Kohn, Susan Weber and Yale University Press. 

Please see GALA page for full details and response form

[ Palladio and Soane – click for more information ]


Kings in Exile: Residences of Exiled French Sovereigns in Britain
TIM KNOX, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

NEW YORK - Tuesday, 27 April - 6:00pm Lecture -
Reception follows.  WAIT LIST ONLY

From the Comte d’Artois – the future Charles X of France – to the long widowhood of the Empress Eugenie, successive members of the French Royal and Imperial families have spent time in exile in Britain. From a run-down Scottish Castle to a sprawling half-timbered villa perched on a hill in Surrey, the buildings which they called home provide a fascinating reflection of the changing fortunes of the future or former sovereigns of France. Tim Knox will discuss the British residences of Charles X, Louis Philippe and Napoleon III, and their families, paying particular attention to the British sojourn of Louis XVIII, who arrived in England in 1807 and recovered his throne in 1814. Louis stayed at Gosfield Hall and Wanstead House in Essex, and made a number of visits to Stowe in Buckinghamshire. It is, however, Hartwell House – recently given to the National Trust - that is the English house most closely associated with the deposed French sovereign, as it was home to the King and his considerable entourage from April 1809, until his return to France in 1814. This strange and varied selection of buildings, most of which survive, are as much a part of the heritage of France as they are of Great Britain. 

TICKETS:   WAIT LIST ONLY - $35 members; $45 non-members (both Royal Oak and Soane Foundation are sold out)
LOCATION: Upper east side, confirmed if cleared from wait list - Formal Business Attire required, no cell phones

A joint program of the Royal Oak Foundation with the Soane Foundation.


Palladio|Britain|America:
the Making of a Tradition
CHARLES HIND and CALDER LOTH


NEW YORK - Tuesday, 4 May - 6:30pm Lecture - special viewing of the Palladio exhibition from 5:30pm... [ Palladio and Soane – click for more information ]

Explore Palladio’s enduring transatlantic legacy in this illustrated lecture with Charles Hind, H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings, RIBA British Architectural Library, and Calder Loth, Senior Architectural Historian, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Hind begins by tracing the journey of Palladio’s drawings from Italy to England and the significant impact these drawings had on British architecture. Loth will then examine how Palladianism shaped the American architectural image beginning in the colonial period, through the works of Thomas Jefferson, and into the monumental architecture of the twentieth century.

TICKETS: $15 for Non-Members; $10 for members of the Morgan and Soane Foundation. 
For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.themorgan.org or call 212-685-0008 ext. 560 to charge your order.

LOCATION: The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue (between East 36th and 37th Streets)
                       
A program of the Morgan Library & Museum with co-sponsorship by the Soane Foundation

For other Pallladio related programs, please see this PDF file for details.


Madresfield: The Real Brideshead, JANE MULVAGH, Best-selling Author

PHILADELPHIA - Monday, 10 May - 6:30pm Lecture
- Reception precedes at 6pm with cash bar; book signing follows Lecture; there is an optional dinner.

NEW YORK - Tuesday, 11 May - 6:00pm Lecture - Reception and book signing follows

Romantic, turreted, ancient, Madresfield Court, with its 160 rooms, spectacular Tudor hall and medieval moat, has been the home of the Lygon family for over 900 years. The Lygons have played their part in history. They were the inspiration and model for the doomed Marchmain family in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited: Waugh was a regular visitor in the 1930s, one in a long line of writers, composers, painters, royals and rebels who passed through Madresfield’s doors. Simon Jenkins also rated Madresfield among the 50 best in his book on England’s 1000 Best Houses. In this lecture, which celebrates the publicationtion of her Madresfield: The Real Brideshead (Doubleday), Jane Mulvagh will speak about her experiences of accessing this very special and private house, and the treasures and secrets she explored. Drawing on a unique and virtually unknown archive, she will illuminate a rich and dramatic history, from the Lygon who conspired to overthrow Queen Mary in the Dudley plot, to the scandal of William Lygon, the disgraced seventh Earl Beauchamp.

PHILADELPHIA TICKETS: lecture only $20 members and non-members, lecture and dinner $70 (non-refundable)
Please reserve tickets directly with the Royal Oak: www.royal-oak.org or Robert Dennis, tel. 212-480-2889 ext 201
LOCATION: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street - Business Attire required

NY TICKETS:  $30 members; $40 non-members
Please reserve tickets directly with the Royal Oak: www.royal-oak.org or Robert Dennis, tel. 212-480-2889 ext 201
LOCATION:  Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Street)

A program of the Royal Oak Foundation with co-sponsorship by the Soane Foundation; Library Committee, The Union League of Philadelphia; The American Friends of Attingham Summer School - Delaware Valley Chapter,; Inst. of Classical Architecture & Classical America - Philadelphia Chapter; The Decorative Arts Trust; The English-Speaking Union - Philadelphia Chapter.


New York Monday, April 19 – 6:30pm
Architect and academician Jaquelin T. Robertson presents a talk, Palladio:  The Rules of the Game, at The Morgan Library & Museum

JAQUELIN T. ROBERTSON, FAIA, FAICP of Cooper, Robertson & Partners, has devoted a long and distinguished career to architecture, urban design, education and public service; to retaining "human and local values" in both the design of the city and in regional architecture.  His avid engagement with the ideas and issues of his time ranges from his early roles in the Lindsay Administration - founder of the New York City Urban Design Group, first Director of The Office of Midtown Planning and Development, a New York City Planning Commissioner - to his eight years as Dean of the School of Architecture and Commonwealth Professor at the University of Virginia.

Robertson's abiding interest in Palladio started in Virginia, many of whose best buildings are Georgian Palladian.  This early exposure was strengthened over the years by a growing interest in Thomas Jefferson and his works - Monticello, The Academical Village at the University of Virginia, Popular Forrest and various small villas and additions.  Moreover, Robertson grew up in one of William L. Bottomley's best Georgian Palladian houses; that is Palladio was "in the air" from the start.

Jefferson famously referred to Palladio as "the Bible"; a view clearly held by Robertson who proclaims flatly, "Palladio if not the best is surely the most influential Western architect. He discovered Rome and Greece and set out the "rules of play" for those who came after - in a way that changed the course of architecture in both Europe and America.

Tickets and reservations are free for Patron’s, Supporter’s and Friend’s of the Soane.
Please inquire to rsvp@sirjohnsoanesmuseumfoundation.com | T. 212-223-2012

“Discover Palladio” , New York Times Style Magazine 03-28-10



Speed, Style and the English Country House
,
CURT DICAMILLO, Historian and Exec. Dir. of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA

LOS ANGELES - Tuesday, 9 March - 6:30pm Lecture - Reception precedes the lecture at 6pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Wednesday, 10 March - 6:30pm Lecture
- Reception precedes at 6pm; optional dinner

Fast living surrounded by bright young things; that’s the image we have today of the Interwar Years, between 1918 and 1939, when fast cars, fast women, lots of alcohol, and an abundance of glamour and glitter was the order of the day for England’s upper classes. This lecture will go back hundreds of years, beginning in the 17th century, when the turf ruled the aristocratic taste for racing and horses were de rigueur for gentry and upper class. From Goodwood House in Sussex, home of the Glorious Goodwood festival (Thoroughbred horse racing), one of the highlights of the English social season, to Higham Park in Kent, one of the first centers of auto racing in the early 20th century, this lecture will cover horse, auto, and airplane racing at Engl ish country houses. From the Rothschilds to James Bond’s ancestry and car, from the finest stables in the world to the Flying Duchess.

LA TICKETS:  $25 members, $35 non-members 
Please reserve tickets directly with the Royal Oak: www.royal-oak.org or Robert Dennis, tel. 212-480-2889 ext 201
LA LOCATION:  UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East

SF TICKETS:   $30 members, $40 non-members; SF Dinner reservations 415-362-9985 by 3/5. 
Please reserve tickets directly with the Royal Oak: www.royal-oak.org or Robert Dennis, tel. 212-480-2889 ext 201
SF LOCATION:  Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Formal Business Attire required, no cell phones

A program of the Royal Oak Foundation with co-sponsorship by the Soane Foundation; The English-Speaking Union San Francisco Chapter; National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA; The Decorative Arts and Design Council of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The American Friends of the Attingham Summer School.


Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
NEW HAVEN - Thursday, 24 September to 3 January 2010 - Exhibition

This exhibition will explore the life, world and work of Mary Delany, née Mary Granville (1700 – 1788). Though best known for her almost one thousand botanical "paper mosaics" now housed in the British Museum, which she began at the age of 72, Mrs. Delany used her craft activities to cement bonds of friendship and negotiate complex, interlinked social networks throughout a long life passed in artistic, aristocratic, and court circles in Georgian England and Ireland.  Mrs. Delany and Her Circle has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and  Sir John Soane's Museum.

Information: www.ycba.yale.edu

LOCATION:  Exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven (corner of York Street)

For more information on any of these events or other items of interest,
please contact info@soanefoundation.com or call 212-223-2012.

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