programs & events

Winter Speaker Series

Lecture

Saturdays at 2 pm, January 7 - February 25

 

Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, 

enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter. From the 2016 election to global oceans, ISIS to the synergy between technology and fashion, the Newport Art Museum's Winter Speaker Series reveals new creative communities in some of today's most exciting fields. 

(No talk February 18th)

 

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Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

Cynthia Sinclair
Pam and Lee Bakalarski
Ron and Johanna Becker
Angela and Garry Fischer
George and Anita Furbish
Mary Jennings
Blenheim Newport
Cliffside Inn
 

 

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"ISIS destroyed History: What do we do about it?"

TEss Davislawyer, archaeologist and Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition, overseeing the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering and also manages the day-to-day operations of the institute’s staff in Washington, DC and New York, as well as programs in the Middle East and Asia.

Ms. Davis will discuss ISIS destruction of important historical artifacts and what needs to be done to combat this. 

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"The Synergy Between Technology and Fashion"

 

Pamela Parmal, Department Head and David & Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the MFA, Boston

The current fusion between fashion and technology has led to innovative and much-needed advances in the textile and clothing arts. The recent Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibition #techstyle explored many of those innovations and presented viewers with a thought provoking look at the future of fashion. Co-curator of the exhibition, Pam Parmal, will discuss the exhibition, its aims and the artists represented in the show.

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Kilimanjaro like never before."

Chris Waddell, the most decorated male monoskier in histor, the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and founder of the One Revolution Foundation. 

 

As a ski racer at Middlebury College in 1988, he had no idea how profoundly one moment could change and paradoxically enhance that conviction. On December 20th his ski popped off in the middle of a turn. He fell, broke two vertebrae, and damaged the spinal cord. Paralyzed from the waist down, he learned and achieved more than he could have imagined. Mr. Waddell will share his belief that, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Albert Bierstadt - The Accidental Artist of Manifest Destiny"

Janice Hodson, Curator at the New Bedford Free Library

During the second half of the nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt gave audiences some of the most stirring images yet seen of the expansive American West. His vision of the wilderness - one of grandeur, vastness and monumentally uniquely representative of the New World - would hold different meanings for different generations of viewers.  At the height of his career in the 1860s audiences saw his landscapes as testaments to the inevitability of territorial expansion and development.  Later, his paintings were seen as poignant reminders of what industrialization threatened.  "Bierstadt: The Accidental Artist of Manifest Destiny - How a School of Art Opened the West" will trace the ways Bierstadt and his contemporaries exploited the public's fascination with western regions and ultimately helped shift popular opinion regarding their fate.

 

Winter Speaker Series

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Challenges, Opportunities and Environmental Issues Facing the Global Ocean.”

Bruce Corliss, Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Mr. Corliss will discuss challenges, opportunities and environmental issues facing the Global oceans.