Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Love & Loss: Framing Memory in American Portraiture.”

August 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

A most timely subject after a year of the pandemic, art museum curator, lecturer and historian Robin Jaffee Frank returns to the mansion to give a visual presentation on “Love & Loss: Framing Memory in American Portraiture.” The speaker will appear in the library of the museum and will be seen via Zoom as well.

Frank’s subject is based on years of research that led to a book titled Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures and essays, as well as “new scholarship and a deeper perspective” on Victorian mourning miniatures. She says, “Understanding the personal stories of love and loss that such keepsakes commemorate returns to them their power to move us.  And these exquisite objects and their histories have highly personal resonance today for so many of us… looking at these objects that attest to the resilience of the human spirit, reinterpreting them for this moment, convinces me that the topic matters now.”

Frank, considered an innovative art museum curator, has organized exhibitions, lectured and published widely on American visual culture from the colonial to contemporary periods.  As chief curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum, she oversaw the museum’s reinstallation of its newly renovated galleries, opened in 2015.  Before then, she was a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery.  She spoke at Ventfort Hall in 2019 on “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dream, 1861 – 2008,” the subject of a traveling exhibition which she curated.

Admission for the Frank talk is $20 per person whether via Zoom or by attending at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending the talk at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended by calling us at 413-637-3206. To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort08172021.eventbrite.com The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.