Program committee member Tom Hayes will give a visual presentation on “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon,” covering the life of the famed artist, his work and his wife and model, Irene, at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, September 25 at 3:30 pm. Hayes’s talk coincides with the mansion’s exhibit of the same title, now on view, and with ArtWeek Berkshires that takes place September 16 – 26.
Charles Dana Gibson, the most talented and successful commercial artist between 1890 and 1920, created an ideal American woman, so lovely that she would become for all time the symbol of her own age – The Gibson Girl. Tall, elegant, independent and strong, she was competent either on a bicycle or in the ballroom. She was a national treasure, a definition of style that taught an entire generation of women how to walk, talk and dress.
Hayes has lectured extensively, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning and Elder Hostel. He served as president of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount and is presently co-owner of Classical Excursions, a specialty tour company.
Admission is $20. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.