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Three Perspectives on the Decorative Arts

In this series presented by the Southampton History Museum, three professionals in their respective fields will examine the role of the decorative arts at various times in our history. The talks will take place at 4 p.m. in the Music Room of the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton, and will be followed by a reception. Admission is $10; free for museum members. Reservations may be made by calling the museum at 631-283-2494 or visiting southamptonhistory.org.

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Cocktail Shaker Set. Yale University Art Gallery. 

 

Roaring into the Future: 

Art Deco and Early Modernism in New York, 1925-1935, 

presented by Lori Zabar 

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LOCATION:       Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

DATE & TIME:   Saturday, July 13, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm

FEE:                 $10, free for members

TO REGISTER:  RSVP (631) 283-2494 or ggangi@southamptonhistory.org

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During the ten years that took America from the effervescent heights of the Jazz Age to the depths of the Depression, New York State was the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism.

The talk is presented by Lori Zabar who has conducted a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the avant-garde in fine art, fashion, technology, decorative arts, architecture and music that resulted in the century’s most important design revolution, often called Art Deco today. She is an art, decorative arts, and architectural historian and independent curator with a long association with the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, at the invitation of Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum, she was guest curator of the exhibition from which her talk will be drawn. She has published widely in her field and was formerly co-proprietor of a gallery specializing in 19th- and early 20th-century British and American furniture and decorative arts. She holds graduate degrees in historic preservation and law.

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The Orchard Music Room 

 

Decorating the Gilded Age House in the Hamptons,

presented by Gary Lawrance 

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LOCATION:       Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

DATE & TIME:   Saturday, July 20, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm

FEE:                 $10, free for members

TO REGISTER:  RSVP by calling (631) 283-2494 or emailing ggangi@southamptonhistory.org

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The speaker Gary Lawrance is an architect, author and historian with a special interest in the Gilded Age. His articles on the mansions of the era have appeared in dozens of publications and his “Mansions of the Gilded Age” Facebook and Instagram are followed by thousands. He is the co-author, with Anne Surchin, of “Houses of the Hamptons: 1880-1930,” an invaluable resource on Hamptons architecture during that period of architectural splendor.

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To Perpetuate the Best: Furnishing the Colonial Revival House,

presented by Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner 

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LOCATION:       Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968

DATE & TIME:   Saturday, July 27, 4 pm, reception at 5 pm

FEE:                 $10, free for members

TO REGISTER:  RSVP by calling (631) 283-2494 or emailing ggangi@southamptonhistory.org  

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The opening of The American Wing at Metropolitan Museum in 1924 inspired an enormous interest in decorating American homes with antiques in historic settings. In an era of staggering social change, many Americans found comfort in filling their homes with furniture and decorative arts that symbolized idealized notions of the American Colonial past. In her talk, Ms. Schaffner will focus on Southampton to tell the story of the decorative arts and furniture that have come to represent American Colonial Revival taste.

 Cynthia V.A. Schaffner is an independent decorative arts historian who has been affiliated with the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research associate and research volunteer since 1996. She divides her time between New York and East Hampton and is the co-author, with Lori Zabar, of the definitive article on the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art and the Art Village, which appeared in the Winterthur Portfolio in 2010.

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www.southamptonhistory.org

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AAQ Resource: Lear + Mahoney Landscape Architecture

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