A symposium co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

Keynote Speaker
Ethan Lasser, Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard

Speakers
Tania Batley, E. W. Vaill Patent Chair Manufacturer, Worcester, Massachusetts
Nicole Belolan, Aunt Patty's Furniture: Adult Cradles and the History of Physical Mobility Impairment in Early America
Louisa Brouwer“Vanishable Antiques”:  The Story of Israel Sack, Inc., and the Building of an American Industry
Ben ColmanBetween Memory and Antiquity: The Circulation of Seventeenth-Century Furniture in Eighteenth-Century Plymouth
Philippe HalbertNoblessein New France:  Furnishing the Hôtel de Vaudreuil and the Chateau Saint-Louis 1725-1760
Marissa S. Hershon, The Egyptian Revival in the 1870's:  The Reception Room at Cedar Hill, Warwick, Rhode Island
Jennifer N. Johnson, Patterns of Gentility: Pictorial Needlework Upholstery of Eighteenth-Century Newport

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Historical Society will co-sponsor a day-long symposium devoted to new scholarly research on the design, production, and circulation of furnishings in New England.   Keynote speaker Ethan Lasser, Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard, will be joined by a select group of emerging scholars. This day-long symposium will coincide with the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture - a collaborative of eleven institutions celebrating furniture and furniture-making in Massachusetts.

For more information on Four Centuries please visit fourcenturies.org.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.
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Schedule
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival and Registration
10:30 – 10:35 Welcome by Elliot Davis, MFA
10:35 – 10:45 Introductory remarks by Nonie Gadsden, MFA
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker - Ethan Lasser, Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard, Tales from the Object Lab: Narratives for the 21st Century Museum
11:35 – 12:05 Philiipe Halbert, Convenance and Commodité: Furnishing the Château Saint-Louis and the Intendant's Palace of Québec 12:10 – 12:40 Jennifer Johnson, Patterns of Gentility: Pictorial Needlework Upholstery of Eighteenth-Century Newport

12:40 – 1:55 Lunch on your own

1:55 – 2:00 Brief remarks by Martha McNamara, Colonial Society of Massachusetts
2:00 – 2:30 Ben Colman, Between Memory and Antiquity: The Circulation of Seventeenth-Century Furniture in Eighteenth–Century Plymouth
2:35 – 3:05 Nicole Belolan, Aunt Patty’s Furniture: Adult Cradles and the History of Physical Mobility Impairment in Early America
3:10 – 3:40 Tania Batley, E. W. Vaill Patent Chair Manufacturer, Worcester, Massachusetts

3:40 – 3:55 Short Break

3:55 – 4:00 Brief remarks by Dennis Fiori, Massachusetts Historical Society
4:00 – 4:35 Marissa Hershon, The Egyptian Revival in the 1870s: The Reception Room at Cedar Hill, Warwick, Rhode Island
4:40 – 5:10 Louisa Brouwer, “Vanishable Antiques”: The Story of Israel Sack, Inc., and the Building of an American Industry
5:15 – 5:30 Final remarks
5:30            Time in galleries

New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast

Next Session: This event is closed.
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium, G36
Admission
Free with Admission - Ticket Required
Event Type
Lecture