2021 Norfolk Society of Arts | Lecture Three | Scott Rothkopf

(Virtual | This lecture will only be available on November 17th at 11AM.)

Photo Credit – Scott Rudd

Scott Rothkopf will present Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror, currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This show is the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to Johns’s art. Featuring his most iconic works along with many others shown for the first time, it comprises a broad range of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from 1954 to today across two sites. Conceived as a whole but displayed in two distinct parts, the exhibition appears simultaneously here at the Whitney and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, two institutions with which Johns has had long-standing relationships. This unique dual structure draws on the artist’s lifelong fascination with mirroring and doubles, so that each half of the exhibition echoes and reflects the other.

Scott Rothkopf is the Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He joined the Whitney’s staff in 2009 as curator and in that role has served as a curator or co-curator for Glenn Ligon: AMERICA (2011), Wade Guyton OS (2012), Sinister Pop (2012), Singular Visions (2010), Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (2014), America Is Hard to See (2015), Open Plan: Andrea Fraser (2016), Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection (2016), Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens (2016), and Laura Owens (2017). Previously, he served as Senior Editor of Artforum.

2021 Norfolk Society of Arts | Lecture Two | Daniel Finamore

Wednesday, October 27 at 11:00 am
(Virtual | This lecture will be available for viewing through our 2021-2022 lecture season.  Click here to view the lecture.)

Daniel Finamore, Associate Director-Exhibitions, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History Peabody Essex Museum (Mabel Brown Lecture) presents “In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting” which was recently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

The sea shapes America, and its painters. For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture its beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power in American life. This talk explores the pervasive but underappreciated role the sea has played in American painting – historically, symbolically, and as a symbol of American ambition, opportunity, and invention. Featuring works by known marine specialists like Fitz Henry Lane and James Buttersworth, Finamore also casts his net beyond the tradition of nineteenth-century realism to show how artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Paul Cadmus, and Jacob Lawrence use the sea as a source of inspiration and as a symbol of how they see America.   

2021 Norfolk Society of Arts | Lecture One | Ann Dumas

Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00 am
(Virtual | This lecture will be available for viewing through our 2021-2022 lecture season.  Click here to view the lecture.)


A note from NSA President Alice Koziol:

Dear NSA Members,

It is unfortunate and disappointing that we will be unable to meet in person for our first lecture of the 2021-2022 Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture Series. We do look forward, however, to having you join us virtually on Wednesday, October 6th. At that time, we are pleased to welcome our speaker, Ann Dumas, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, as well as Consultant Curator of European Art at the Museum of Arts, Houston. Ann will speak to us about her exhibition “Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” on view earlier this year at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

On October 5th, you will receive an email with the link for access to the lecture and it will also be posted here on the website. You will also receive an email address to enable you to ask a question of our speaker. We are excited and confident that you will enjoy Ann’s lecture.

Thank you for your continued support.
Alice Koziol, President


Ann Dumas, Consulting Curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature.

Ann Dumas

Ann Dumas joined the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in October 2019 as Consultant Curator of European Art. She also continues in her long-standing role as Curator at the Royal Academy of Art in London, dividing her time between the two institutions. Ann is a specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth century European art. She gained her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art at London University. This was followed by a research fellowship at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and five years as assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has curated many exhibitions at the Royal Academy, including Van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters in 2010 and Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse in addition to exhibitions on Degas, Matisse, Vallotton and other artists at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. In 2019 she was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire award) for outstanding services to the arts.