Friday, April 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. April 12, 2013


This Friday night, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator Catherine Futter and Jason Busch of Carnegie Museum of Art will discuss developing the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, which features 200 works of beauty and technical innovation. See what else is going on at NOMA:

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art activity with NOMA
  • 5:30-8 p.m.: Music by Marta Espinos: “Ole! Spanish Music at the World’s Fairs”
  • 6-7 p.m.: Lecture: Behind the Scenes with Inventing the Modern World curators Catherine Futter and Jason T. Busch
  • 6-7 p.m. Isidore Newman dance performance (in the Sculpture Garden)

About Catherine Futter
The Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Catherine Futter has completed several reinstallation projects for the Museum as well as a major international loan traveling exhibition and several small contemporary art and design exhibitions since arriving in 2002. She has also been an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Although a specialist in 19th through 21st century European and American decorative arts and design, Catherine has focused on the interaction between different cultures and their influence on the decorative arts from the 15th century to the present. She is the co-curator of the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939.

About Jason T. Busch
Jason T. Busch is Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Mr. Busch directed the 2009 renovation and reinstallation of the museum’s storied Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, which include decorative arts, modernist design, and contemporary craft. He was formerly Associate Curator of Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft and Sculpture, and Curator of the Grand Salon from the Hôtel Gaillard de La Bouëxière (Paris, c. 1735) at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), and Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. A frequent contributor of articles on museum collections and exhibitions in the magazine Antiques and Antiques and Fine Art, Mr. Busch also has actively contributed to scholarship on decorative arts, culminating in several exhibitions and publications, including Carnegie Museum of Art Decorative Arts and Design Collection Highlights (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009), Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861 (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2004) and George Washington: In Profile (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1999). He is the co-curator of the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs, 1851-1939.

About Marta Espinos
Marta Espinos was a student of Joaquin Achucarro in the Artist Certificate and Masters program at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A winner of the Meadows School of the Arts Annual Concerto Competition, in 2008 Marta was also recipient of the Von Mickwitz Prize. In 2010 she was elected a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society for academic merit and professional excellence. During her stay in the US, Marta established a close collaborative relationship Honorary Consulate of Spain in Dallas, thanks to which she has been invited to perform Spanish piano music on tour in different states. Although her repertoire spans from17th-century to contemporary music, Marta specializes in the period least explored at the modern piano: the Baroque. An enthusiast performer of Bach, Marta is known for her insightful performance of the Goldberg Variations. This monumental work became Espinos’ keystone piece in 2005, when she offered a cycle of weekly performances at “Barroc Space-Dalmases Palace” in Barcelona, which received praise from the critics. Marta’s performance is sponsored by the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain as part of their Spain Arts & Culture program, as well as the Consulate General of Spain in Houston. This recital, which showcases the talents of one of his disciples, is part of a year-long international series of concerts celebrating the 80th birthday of Maestro Achúcarro, one of Spain’s greatest classical musicians.

This event is related to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs.