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Winter Speaker Series

Lecture

Saturdays at 2 pm, January 6 - February 17

 

This year marks the 90th Winter Speaker Series at the Newport Art Museum! Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter. Topics include assessing Trump's presidency, art in public places, the future of museums, the fate of newspapers in the digital age, and more. The Newport Art Museum's Winter Speaker Series reveals new creative communities in some of today's most exciting fields. 

 

Special thanks to this year's sponsors: 

Lee and Pam Bakalarski
Lockett Ford Ballard, Jr., in memory of Canon & Mrs. Lockett Ford Ballard
Ron and Johanna Becker
​George and Anita Furbish
​Mary Jennings
Cynthia Sinclair
Cliffside Inn
The Hope Foundation
La Farge Perry House

 

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Winter Speaker Series: Darrell West

"Assessing the Trump Presidency"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter!

Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, will present “Assessing the Trump Presidency.”

As the one year mark of the Trump presidency approaches, it’s time for an evaluation. West will assess the President’s job performance, leadership of the country and future electoral prospects. How are prominent Democrats handling the Trump administration? In this polarized political climate, is cooperation between the parties possible? Looking ahead, West will share his thoughts on who to watch as the 2018 midterm election season unfolds.

 

Winter Speaker Series: Stephanie Fortunato

"Art In Public Places"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter!

Stephanie Fortunato, Director of the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism of the City of Providence, will present "Art in Public Places."
Why install art in public spaces? What is its cultural impact on the community and how is the public interest balanced with the art itself? What is public art anyway, and what makes one form more resonant than another? Join Stephanie Fortunato, Director of the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, as she explains how integrating arts and culture into community life helps support the development of a vibrant and creative city. She will share lessons from Providence’s recent public art master planning process, how it will be implemented, and the campaign’s importance to showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

 

Winter Speaker Series: Roger Mandle

"The Future of Museums"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter! 

ROGER MANDLE, Museum Consultant and former President of RISD, will present "The Future of Museums."
In order to remain relevant in the 21st century, art museums around the world have had to re-evaluate their missions in order to successfully serve larger, more diverse, discerning, and economically and socially stratified audiences. Join Roger Mandle, whose career spans decades in museum management within the United States and internationally, for an inspiring look at engaging new models of museum practice. From curatorial choices and public programs, to Virtual Reality and hybrid funding models, museums are in the process of reinventing themselves as they continue to fulfill new roles in our communities.

 

Winter Speaker Series: Edward Achorn

"The Scoop: The Fate of Newspapers in the Digital Age"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter!

Edward Achorn, Editorial Pages Editor of the Providence Journal, will present "The Scoop: The Fate of Newspapers in the Digital Age."
Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Newspapers are essential to our free society, but do they have a future? In a lively look at journalism from the inside, author, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Providence Journal Editorial Page Editor Edward Achorn talks about the fate of newspapers in the digital age, and why we need them now more than ever.

 

Winter Speaker Series: Carol Troyen

"The Stories Behind the Art of Edward Hopper"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter!

CArol Troyen, Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, will present "The Stories Behind the Art of Edward Hopper."
From Automat to New York Movie to Nighthawks, Edward Hopper produced some of the most enduringly popular images in American art. His diners, movie palaces, and urban streetscapes reflect American life between the wars; his light-filled watercolors of Gloucester, Maine, and Cape Cod reflect the austere beauty of those places. And his quiet, yet riveting pictures of people in their apartments, offices, and hotel rooms express both a sense of urban isolation and anomie, and the bittersweet comfort of being alone. Join Carol Troyen, Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and organizer of the MFA’s acclaimed Edward Hopper exhibition, for a look at some of Hopper’s greatest pictures and the stories that they tell.

 

Winter Speaker Series: Sarah Coffin

"Jazz Age Design: America Goes Global Then and Now”

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter! 

Sarah Coffin, Curator and Head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will present “Jazz Age Design: America Goes Global Then and Now.” 
Coined “the Jazz Age” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the 1920s was a period of innovation, with a new tempo in music, art and design. With the end of World War I, international travel resumed. New social mores created new freedoms including the women’s right to vote, the birth of jazz and nightclubs, new fashions and jewelry designs. Americans travelled to and studied in Paris where abstract art led to abstract design at the same time that well-trained and innovative emigré designers from the economically strapped Germany and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire came to America for patronage. Admirers of both Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and the New York skyscraper, European designers collaborated with their new American colleagues. The result was Art Deco style; still appealing, collectible, and a source of inspiration for contemporary designers today.

 

Winter Speaker Series: John Jackson

“Drones: Technological Future of Unmanned Systems"

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter! 

John Jackson, Professor at the Naval War College, will present “Drones: Technological Future of Unmanned Systems."
What is the technological future of unmanned and robotic systems? How will the use of drones change how countries engage in military conflicts in this century? Long-time proponent of new and emerging technologies, John Jackson has served at the Naval War College for over 20 years, teaching in the areas of National Security, Decision Making, Logistics, and Unmanned/Robotic Systems. Learn what has made Jackson’s Naval War College course one of the most intriguing and popular electives on campus since 2009.