Society for the History of Collecting

The Evolving House Museum: Art Collectors and Their Residences, Then and Now

Online Symposium, June 18–19, 2021

Organized and chaired by Margaret Iacono, Independent Scholar, Norwalk, Connecticut, and Esmée Quodbach,Independent Scholar, Princeton, New Jersey

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021, 11 A.M.–2 P.M. (EDT) / 4 P.M.–7 P.M. (BST)

* All times below are given in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

11:00     Welcome and Introductory Remarks

11:15      Keynote Address Whose House Is It Anyway?

Inge Reist, Director Emerita of the Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection, New York

Part I: Early Beginnings, the Gilded Age, and Beyond

11:45    Cleveland House as Art Museum: ‘The Louvre of London’ (1806)

Anne Nellis Richter, Independent Scholar and Adjunct Faculty, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

12:05    The Mesdag Collection in The Hague: The Lasting Legacy of Hendrik Willem Mesdag and Sientje van Houten

Evelien de Visser, Curator of Fine Arts from 1750 and Information Specialist Van Gogh Worldwide, RKD—Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

12:25    Q & A, followed by break

12:45    A Tale of Two Museums: The Legacies of the Parisian Collectors Isaac and Moïse de Camondo

Mia Laufer, Associate Curator, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul

1:05      The Evolution of Charles and Anna Taft’s Art Museum: Display, Space, Audience, and Acquisitions

Lynne D. Ambrosini, Deputy Director/Chief Curator Emerita, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

1:25      Medievalism, Museums, and Modern Audiences: The Case of the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester,Massachusetts

Martha Easton, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

1:45      Q & A


SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021, 11 A.M.–2 P.M. (EDT) / 4 P.M.–7 P.M. (BST)

* All times below are given in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Part II: Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Evolving House Museum over the Past Century

11:00    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

11:15    The Ringling Museum’s Ca’ d’Zan: Its Evolution from Winter Residence to Historic House Museum

Marissa Hershon, Curator of Ca’ d’Zan and Decorative Arts, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota,Florida

11:35    The Fortunes of War: The Brief Life of the Jules S. Bache House Museum in New York, 1937–1943

Anne Hilker, Independent Scholar, New York

11:55    Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood and the Vision from a Private Collection to Public Museum

Rebecca Tilles, Associate Curator of 18th-Century French & Western European Fine and Decorative Arts, HillwoodEstate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.

12:15    Q & A, followed by break

12:35    Hung’s Art Gallery: Shaping the History of Collecting in Taiwan in the New Millennium

Chih-En Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London

12:55    A New Type of House Museum: Lyon Housemuseum, Melbourne (2009)

Georgina S. Walker, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

1:15      Ecologies of House Museums: Some Final Thoughts

Julie Codell, Professor, Art History, Arizona State University, Tempe

1:40      Q & A

Image credits: left: Pieter Christoffel Wonder (1777–1852), Patrons and Lovers of Art, ca. 1826–30, private collection. Photo by Sailko;https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Christoffel_Wonder_-_Painting_of_an_art_gallery_(cropped).jpg. Center: Foyer, Charles and Anna Taft’s house during their lifetimes, ca. 1925, now the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio. Taft Museum of Art Archives. Right: Lyon Housemuseum, Kew, Victoria, Australia. Photograph byDianna Snape (2009), courtesy of Lyon Housemuseum.

 

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