WHERE Y'ART?!: MUSIC BY KRISTIN DIABLE & BOOK SIGNING WITH HUGH HOWARDFriday, November 2nd from 5pm to 9pm November 2, 2012
Join us for Where Y’Art?! on Friday, November 2nd from 5pm to 9pm. Program includes:
- 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
- 6pm to 8pm: Music by Kristin Diable
- 6pm to 8pm: Visiting Artist in Museum Shop: Denise Mehurin (more info coming soon)
- 6pm: Talk and Book Signing with author/historian, Hugh Howard: Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s WAR
- 6:30pm: Gallery Talk: Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights with curator, Anne C. B. Roberts
- 7:30pm: Lecture with curator, Rachel Stevens: The Bayou School: 19th Century Louisiana Landscapes
About Hugh Howard
For more than two decades, Hugh has written of the past. One of his first books, The Preservationist’s Progress (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is a collection of essays and profiles. It was singled out by The New York Times Book Review, which said of it, “The Preservationist’s Progress brings emotion to the literature of historic preservation… . It is an eloquent brief for the integration of fragile cultural artifacts into the modern world.” A companion volume, How Old Is This House?, is a primer on determining the age, character, and quality of an older home through an examination of physical, documentary, and stylistic evidence.
In later books, Howard’s focus shifts to exploring specific historic buildings – and, in particular, dwellings – as a means of understanding the profound human instinct to create not only shelter but expressive, artistic places to live. The research and writing of Wright for Wright (Rizzoli) provided an opportunity to journey into the life of one of America’s favorite geniuses. The book, written in collaboration with photographer Roger Straus III, is an architectural biography of Frank Lloyd Wright, and examines the buildings Wright designed for himself and his family in the context of his own eventful life.
About Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s WAR
August 28, 1814 – Dressed in black, James Madison mourns the nation’s loss. Smoke rises from the ruin of the Capitol before him; a mile away stands the blackened shell of the White House. The British have laid waste to Washington City, and as Mr. Madison gazes at the terrible vista, he ponders the future – his country’s defeat or victory – in a war he began over the unanimous objections of his political adversaries.
Now in its bicentennial year, the War of 1812 remains the least understood of America’s wars. To some it was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison – our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who defined the role of First Lady for all to follow, and would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally.
In this powerful new work, drawing on countless primary sources, acclaimed historian Hugh Howard presents a gripping account of the conflict as James and Dolley Madison experienced it. Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s WAR rediscovers a conflict fought on land and sea, from the shores of the Potomac to the Great Lakes, that proved to be a critical turning point in American history.
About Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights
In honor of Ida Kohlmeyer’s 100th anniversary, NOMA will present a selection of key works based in the permanent collection called “Ida Kohlmeyer: 100th Anniversary Highlights” on view on in the museum’s second floor Fredrick R. Weisman Galleries. Kohlmeyer’s versatile style will be illustrated through examples of rich abstract expressionist paintings, vibrant prints, and powerful sculpture.
About The Bayou School: 19th Century Louisiana Landscapes
In the wake of the Civil War, the New Orleans-based artists Richard Clague, Marshall Smith Jr., and William Buck emerged to form a cohesive landscape tradition, the first of its kind in the region. These landscapes are fascinating not only for what they picture, but also for what they ignore. Clague, Smith, and Buck collectively turned away from the bustling and at-times contentious city they inhabited and focused on the seemingly un-complicated rural life of the post-Civil War Gulf South. Today, the paintings of Clague, Smith, Buck, and the followers of their style are collectively known as the “Bayou School.”
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.