Recent Webinars

A special 75th anniversary presentation by Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff highlighting Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection of decorative bedcovers and its ties to the vibrant contemporary works featured in this season’s exhibition Maria Shell: Off the Grid, opening on May 15 in the updated Dana-Spencer Textile Galleries at Hat and Fragrance.

Dubbed Vermont’s “Painter Laureate” by Life magazine in 1937, realist painter and printmaker Luigi Lucioni is best known for his scenes of the state. He often painted at the Shelburne home of Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb. who was one of his biggest patrons. Join us for a special 75th anniversary presentation by Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff about the artist and his work, timed with the launch of an online exhibition and release of a new book in advance of a June exhibition premiering at Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.

 

Join author and nationally recognized arts writer Bob Keyes and Tom Denenberg, John Wilmerding Director of Shelburne Museum, in conversation about Keyes’s new book, The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana. Keyes shines a spotlight on the deceptive world that surrounded the reclusive millionaire artist who died in 2018 leaving behind dark rumors and scandal, as well lawsuits and accusations of fraud.

 
Join us for a special 75th Anniversary webinar to learn more about Shelburne Museum founder’s trusted folk-art dealer and friend Edith Halpert, featuring guest scholar Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator at The Jewish Museum. This free webinar marks the opening of the online exhibition Our Collection: Electra Havemeyer Webb, Edith Halpert, and American Folk Art.
 

Electra Havemeyer Webb had a grand vision for a museum to share her collections with all—a vision visitors enjoy while strolling the 45-acre grounds and visiting the 39 buildings that make Shelburne Museum a wonder-filled experience. To bring that vision to fruition Mrs. Webb used scale models to plan and design the Museum. Join Francie and John Downing Senior Curator of American Art Kory Rogers for a special 75th anniversary webinar that explores the important role models played in the creating of Shelburne Museum.
 
 
February is Conservation Month and Director of Conservation Nancie Ravenel welcomes us into the Conservation Lab to show us how she uses lighting and photographic techniques to gain insight into how artist Luigi Lucioni (1900-1888) worked. Lucioni is the focus of the upcoming exhibition Luigi Lucioni: Modern Light on view online on March 30 and at Shelburne Museum June 25 to October 16.
 

Shelburne Museum curators Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Carolyn Bauer explore the online exhibition, “Eyesight & Insight: Lens on American Art.” Kirchhoff and Bauer frame their discussion on the four individual chapters of the exhibition exploring themes and objects ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to today.

 

Francie and John Downing Senior Curator of American Art Kory Rogers alongside special guests Jamie Reason and Joseph Jannsen, decoy makers and contributing writers for Decoy Magazine, present on the extraordinary life and art of master carver Charles Sumner Bunn (1865-1952), a member of the Shinnecock-Montauk tribes, who carved a group of shorebird decoys in Shelburne’s collection that until recently were incorrectly attributed to another, possibly fictitious, carver.  

 

Curators in Conversation: Currier & Ives with Associate Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Dr. Marie-Stephanie Delamaire, Associate Curator of Fine Arts at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, discuss 19th century depictions of America.

 

Associate Curator Carolyn Bauer and renowned art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, PhD present “Cassatt/Havemeyer: Art, Collecting, and Social Influencing,” an examination of the close and creative relationship between American Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt and the Havemeyer family.

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Together Again: A New Acquisition Reunites a Pair of Copley Portraits with Director Tom Denenberg

 

@ShelburneMuseum: A Close Look at a New Acquisition with Associate Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Miller scholar Lisa Strong, Director of the Art and Museum Studies M.A. Program and Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University

Curators in Conversation

Curators in Conversation: Carolyn Bauer on “Isabel Bishop: The Working Woman”

 

Curators in Conversation: Circus Photography with Francie and John Downing Senior Curator of American Art Kory Rogers and photographer Elliot Fenander

 

Curators in Conversation with Associate Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Minnie Wabanimkee, Odawa Artist and Photographer, and Marsha MacDowell, Professor of Art and Curator of Folk Arts and Quilt Studies at Michigan State University Museum

Conservation FAQ: How do you care for and display quilts?

 

Artist’s Afternoon with Steven Valleau: Decoy Carver and Enthusiast

 

A Militant Suffragist: The Story of Louisine Waldron Elder Havemeyer’s Role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

 

Birds of Summer with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

"Pattern & Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum"

See the online exhibition.

 

"A. Elmer Crowell: Sculptor, Painter, Decoy Maker"

See the online exhibition.

 

Cocktails & Conversation with the Curators

French Art and Wine – Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Kevin Clayton of Village Wine & Coffee

 

 

Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Kevin Clayton of Village Wine & Coffee

 

 

At Scale: Senior Curator Kory Rogers, Sculptor Peter Kirkiles, and Ivy Mix

 

 

She Paints like a Man: The Radical Art and Life of Rosa Bonheur – Associate Curator Carolyn Bauer and Caitlin Conn of Pro Pig

 

Senior Curator Kory Rogers and Nadia Womble of Waterworks

 

 

Notes from the Field – Associate Curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff and Mimi Buttenheim of Mad River Distillers

 

 

Early-American Circus Posters – Senior Curator Kory Rogers and Kate Wise of Hotel Vermont

 

 

Sleighing It, Nineteenth-Century Winter Travel and Entertainment with Senior Curator Kory Rogers

"Painting at Home with Grandma Moses"

Preview in collaboration with Bennington Museum. See the online exhibition.

 

"American Stories"

Member preview to introduce Part One: People

 

 

Member preview to introduce Part Three: Home

 

Member preview to introduce Part Two: Travel

 

 

Member preview to introduce Part Four: Community

"Color, Pattern, Whimsy, & Scale"

Member preview to introduce Part One: Color

 

 

Member preview to introduce Part Three: Whimsy

Member preview to introduce Part Two: Pattern

 

 

Member preview to introduce Part Four: Scale

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National Endowment for the Humanities

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