The Gothic Room: The Patron in the Installation
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Derek Gillman, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation
with Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Gardner Museum
The Barnes Collection and the Gardner Museum were each founded by a strong, unique patron whose personality and ideas about art and art viewing are expressed in the arrangement of their galleries. While the Barnes and the Gardner are often compared, the distinctive arrangement of each museum’s galleries is what sets them apart from one another. Dr. Barnes and Isabella Gardner’s unique approach to arranging their galleries will be explored, beginning with the Gothic Room at the Gardner which contains an enigmatic installation of Christian works of art with the nearly life-size portrait of Gardner by John Singer Sargent. A wine reception will follow around the courtyard.
Part of Room Views: A Series of Conversations About the Gardner Museum
This season's Room Views conversations focus on the idea of The Personal Museum. Isabella Gardner created one of the first personal museums in the United States, establishing a model for the intersection of art and personality that continues to influence collectors and artists today. This series will explore several different examples of the personal museum, from strong-minded collectors like Gardner and Albert Barnes to museums created by contemporary artists. How has the personal museum shaped our view of museums in general, and what we can experience there?
Tickets: $10 General Public; $5 Museum Members and Seniors; FREE Students
This program is sold out; however, tickets are still available for the final Room Views conversation of the season on Thursday, November 11. Please contact the Gardner Box Office at 617 278 5156 or online to purchase tickets for this and other upcoming events.
SPECIAL OFFER :: Bring a friend for free! Mention Conversation Starter and receive an extra ticket to any fall 2010 Room Views program free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Reedemable only by phone (617 278 5156) or at the door.
Image courtesy of the Barnes Foundation. Gallery 13, The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA