2021-2022 Norfolk Society of Arts | Lecture Four | Anthea M Hartig

Anthea M. Hartig, PhD.,

“Doing Our Work in a Time of Multiple Pandemics and Cascading Crises”

We look forward to having you join us virtually on Wednesday, January 26th at 11 AM.

We are pleased to welcome our speaker Anthea M. Hartig, PhD., Elizabeth MacMillam Director, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Ms. Hartig will speak to us about the museum’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has put in place two task forces, one on collecting around the current crisis and the other a digital response team to create new content, particularly in the area of K-12 education. During this time, Hartig also coordinated security, facilities and other functions in cooperation with the Smithsonian leadership and other museum directors, which led to the museum’s reopening in May 2021.

2021-2022 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.

2021-2022 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.   

2021-2022 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.

NSA GOES VIRTUAL with PETER J. SCHERTZ and “Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities.”

We were excited to host Peter J. Schertz on Wednesday, 23 September, as not only our first speaker of the 2020-21 season but also the first NSA speaker to “go virtual,” due to Covid19 health concerns.

He was a willing and able test subject as we premiered our virtual platform for lectures. He offered us not only a compelling virtual lecture on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts‘ exhibit of items recovered from forgotten, sunken cities in the Nile delta, but also engaged directly with viewers in a question and answer period following his lecture through questions emailed to the moderator and posed to him directly.

Dr. Schertz received his PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Southern California and his BA in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Among his projects at the VMFA are an in-depth study of the museum’s statue of Caligula, including a digital reconstruction of the statue’s original colors, as well as the exhibition and catalogue “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art”. He has also published on the “Temple of Herod in Jerusalem” and the “Arch of Titus in Rome.”

For his NSA lecture, Dr. Schertz spoke on a VMFA exhibition, open June 2020- January 2021, “Treasures of Ancient Egypt:  Sunken Cities.” 

Stele of Thonis-Heracleion, 380 BC Thonis-Heracleion, Late Period, Dynasty 30, reign of Nectanebo I; Black granodiorite

Some twelve hundred years ago, two cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus sank into Egypt’s Aboukir Bay. Once vibrant centers of international trade and the sites of major religious sanctuaries, these cities lay virtually forgotten until their rediscovery in 1996 by underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio. In excavating these cities, Goddio found not only evidence of the an ancient multi-cultural port city but also evidence of religious ceremonies, especially the annual celebration of the Mysteries of Osiris, the most important festival of the Egyptian year. Mr. Schertz’s talk focussed on the exhibition of Goddio’s finds at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, providing a behind the scenes look at the installation of nearly 300 objects most of them recovered from beneath the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

His program was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.

Photo credits, thanks to VMFA. 

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Donald Albrecht discusses, “New York: the Mythic City.”

Our speaker on February 22nd, Donald Albrecht, a New York City-based curator of design and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, has curated exhibitions and developed books and catalogs ranging from overviews of cultural trends to profiles of individual design firms and artist.

Some of his curated exhibitions include World War II and the American Dream, Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design for the National Building Museum ; National Design Triennial for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; and Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York for the Museum of the City of New York.

For most exhibitions, Mr. Albrecht also develops and edits the catalogs, contributes major essays and works with other writers to provide fresh critical perspectives.  His catalogs have received numerous awards, including The Society of Architectural Historians’ Best Exhibition Catalogue for the Eero Saarinen and the Eames Catalogs.  

His profiles of individual design firms and artists include The Work of Charles and Ray Eames for the Library of Congress and Vitra Design Museum; Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future for the Finnish Cultural Institute, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the National Building Museum; and also The High Style of Dorothy Draper for the Museum of the City of New York.

Mr. Albrecht has contributed essays to a number of books about architecture and design, including The Glass House: Pairings and California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style.

On the 22nd, he spoke to us about New York City’s wealth of “Art Deco” buildings and how they came to define or establish New York as the “Mythic City.”

Leo G Mazow discusses: “Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness”

Portrait photo of Leo at VMFA, Feb. 2017

For our first lecture of the new “twenties,” January 22, 2020, we  hosted Dr. Leo Mazow, Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator and Head of the Department of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond.

He is a specialist in nineteenth-and twentieth-century American painting and cultural history.

Prior to joining the VMFA, Dr. Mazow was an art history professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  From 2002 through 2010 he was Curator of American Art at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University.  While there he organized a number of critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions, all of which were accompanied by scholarly publications including:  Picturing the Banjo, Taxing Visions:  Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art and Shallow Creek:  Thomas Hart Benton and the American Waterways.

His book Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound was awarded the 2013 Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Dr. Mazow received his BA from the University of Denver, his MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 2015, he held a Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, where he worked on his forthcoming book project: Hopper’s Hotels.

During our lecture, Dr. Mazow discussed his exhibit, Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness, which ran during the winter of 2019 into February of 2020 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and actually allowed visitors to “check in” to fabricated rooms that replicated Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses.

Dr. Mazow is currently working on an upcoming exhibit,  The Art of the American Guitar.  He has a personal interest, since he plays the guitar with a band called the “Coverlets” that has performed in various museums including The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Museum.

He did not bring his guitar to our stage, but maybe next time?  Many thanks to Dr. Mazow for a wonderful lecture!

(This lecture was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and supported in part by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.) 



CLAY S. JENKINSON brought history to the stage with, “Thomas Jefferson: Architect and Palladian Scholar”


Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States.  His performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas.  Jenkinson is widely regarded as one of the most articulate public speakers in the country and he brings a humanities perspective – partly learned as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University – to everything he does.


Clay is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson.  He has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine states over a period of 20 years.  He also portrays Theodore Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. and Robert Oppenheimer, hosts the nationally broadcast weekly radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour, and it the author of such books as The Character of Meriwether Lewis-explorer in the Wilderness, Becoming Jefferson’s People:  Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century, and Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands.

He is the Director of Dakota Sky Education, Inc., Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and a consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation.

He lives in Bismark, North Dakota but can draw a breathtaking crowd in Virginia, a state somewhat partial to the man he brought to life in a conversation with the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Director, Erik Neil–

Thomas Jefferson himself.


IMG_5396Director Neil and Mister Jefferson took the stage on 20 November 2019 at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera house, with more than eight hundred Jefferson enthusiasts in attendance, for an unusually long (by NSA standards) “lecture” of seventy-five minutes, including a Q&A with Mister Jefferson after the talk.

We were honored to have Mr. Jenkinson in Norfolk with us, and many thanks go out to him, as well as the Virginia Opera, whose collaboration allowed us a larger venue for the event.

And a huge thanks to the Chrysler Museum of Art, where afterwards their special exhibit, “Thomas Jefferson, Architect:  Palladian Models, Democratic Principles, and the Conflict of Ideals,” running from October 2019 through January 2020, could be enjoyed by anyone interested in further study.

During his presentation, Mister Jefferson commented, looking out from the stage, that, had he known the crowd was to be so large, he might not have come.  He claimed he is shy.  It did not show.  His presentation and presence enthralled.

Many thanks, Clay Jenkinson. IMG_0083

And to our devoted NSA membership, whose support made this free and open to the public lecture possible.

Art Advisor CYNTHIA BRONSON ALTMAN presents: “A Reflection on Kykuit’s Collection and Gardens.”

In the 17th century, Dutch settlers named one particular hill, that stood four hundred feet above an expansive river, “Kykuit,” meaning “high point” or “lookout.”

That’s the name given to the Rockefeller Estate located on a wide sweep of the Hudson River known as the Tappan Zee in Pocantico Hills , New York, which was the country home for four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller himself.

hhv, kykuit facade

Our 2019-20 season’s first speaker, Cynthia Bronson Altman, a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, has an M.A. in Art History specializing in Asian Art from Columbia University.  She served as the Curator of Collections at Kykuit for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund from 1991 until 2018, and privately for the Rockefeller family for several years prior.  She oversaw the conservation and care of their 20th century outdoor sculpture collections and fine and decorative arts within the house.

She has published and lectured on the history of the collections and gardens, and has arranged exhibitions at Pocantico and the Rockefeller University.  She has also advised on Curatorial issues for the National Trust at Philip Johnson’s Glass House and at Rockefeller University.

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Ms. Altman currently serves on the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Commission and the exhibitions committee of the International Center for Photography.  She is a sustaining member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

And we were thrilled to welcome her to the stage at the Chrysler Museum of Art to kick off our season to a full house this past September 25th.



Journalist and author WILLIAM MIDDLETON, on “The Enlightened Patronage of John and Dominique de Menil”

blackwhite © Tim WalkerWilliam Middleton spent more than ten years researching and writing the story of two of the most influential yet intensely private collectors of the 20th Century, John and Dominique de Menil and his book, Double Vision:  The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil  covers the joint biography of two family histories.

The scale of the de Menil collection is significant, over 15,000 works of art.  They collected everything from prehistoric to contemporary pieces.  And then they built a free museum so Houstonians, and, happily, the rest of us, could see it.

Mr Middleton is a journalist and editor who has worked in New York and Paris.  He has been the Fashion Features Director for Harper’s Bazaar and the Paris Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications, overseeing W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily.

He has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, House & Garden, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and The International Herald Tribune.

Middleton grew up in mid-century Kansas with, as he referred to them, “Creative Parents.”  They believed in the importance of traveling and took him with them from an early age.  On his first trip they went to the Kasbah in Tangiers where he was told that he needed to stick with their small group because American boys and girls were often kidnapped, and he remember thinking why can’t I just go to Disneyland like other children?

He is currently living in Paris and working on his next book on the life of Karl Lagerfeld.


IMG_5188 2We welcomed him to Norfolk as our MABEL BROWN LECTURER on 23 October, thoroughly enjoyed his fact and anectodote-filled talk, and likely wore his writing hand out afterwards at a book signing.  All best, Mr. Middleton!