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Free Opening Lecture: Orchestrating Elegance
Jun 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC-4
When Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design co-curators Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin began working on the idea of an exhibition that would reunite the components of Henry Gurdon Marquand’s famous music room, the location and history of many of the components of the room were unknown, and very little had been published about the furniture firm that manufactured the suite. Through a combination of detective work, archival research, conservation analysis, and networking with curators, dealers, librarians, archivists and others, bit by bit the full story of this incredible room has come to light. Morris and Goodin share stories behind the creation of the exhibition and show how this project brings back to life one of the great interiors of the Gilded Age.
Image: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (British, born Netherlands, 1836–1912), designer; Johnstone, Norman & Co., London, manufacturers, Armchair, 1884–86 (detail). Mahogany with cedar and ebony veneer, carving and inlay of several woods, ivory, abalone shell, and modern upholstery, 35 3/8 x 27 1/8 x 26 in. (90.2 x 68.5 x 67 cm). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, W.25: 1, 2-1980.