Decorative Arts & Design: Fabergé, Art Nouveau, Art Deco
Cartier: Innovation & Inspiration
Celeste Fetta, Adult Programs Manager, VMFA
Since the 1890s, the name Cartier has been synonymous with sparkle, glamour, and opulence. But behind the iridescent jewels lies a tale of multiple inventions, famous clients, cutting-edge design, and a love affair with material, color, and fashion. In this lecture, you’ll explore these tales and see examples of the various styles Cartier popularized from 1900 to the 1950s.
From Mirador to Mayfair: Nancy Lancaster and the Country House Style
Dr. Susan J. Rawles, American Decorative Art Assistant Curator, VMFA
Virginia-born tastemaker Nancy Lancaster (1897-1994) is a widely recognized source of the international design movement known as the British Country House Style. The style’s blending of key forms and materials, which resulted in domestic environments with historicist inflections, recalls Lancaster’s experience of her six-generation family home, Mirador, near Charlottesville. From post-Civil War Virginia to post-World War II England, Mirador to Mayfair examines the inspiration, implementation, and patronage of the Country House Style toward a better understanding of the role of interior decoration in the fashioning of individual and cultural identity.
The Lewis Collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco at VMFA
Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Late 19th and Early 20th Century Decorative Arts, VMFA
This lecture will explore highlights of the Lewis Collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco at VMFA. Barry Shifman will discuss the work of Hector Guimard, Émile Gallé, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Eileen Gray, and Pierre Legrain, among other inspiring artists.