Barry Bergdoll

25 October

Mr. Bergdoll, our Maybel Brown Lecturer, fascinated the audience with his lecture on “Unpacking the Archive:  Frank Lloyd Wright at 150”

Mr. Bergdoll before his lecture with Chrysler Museum Director Erik Neil

Mr. Berdoll’s twenty-three page CV catalogues an extensive list of publications written, courses taught, films organized, exhibitions collaborated upon and honors received.

He represents both the academic and curatorial worlds.  He is a professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University as well as a curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

While at MOMA, he has curated several major exhibitions, most noteworthy for us here in Norfolk, Va, is one entitled:  “Rising Currents:  Projects for the New York Waterfront.”

In 2012, professor Bergdoll was instrumental in bringing to MOMA and Columbia the archives of one of the most popular, controversial and fascinating architectural figures of the last century, Frank Lloyd Wright.  In 2014 he organized the first exhibition based on that archive, “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City,” followed by a second exhibition just recently closed at MOMA, and the topic of his lecture for the NSA, “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150:  Unpacking the archives.”

Professor Bergdoll is known for the cultural lens through which he views subjects, giving us a picture not only of the engineering and artistic sides of architectural works but of the social, economic and geographical world in which they were created.

He also spent three hours on the tarmac at La Guardia only to have his flight cancelled and then returned to the airport to catch an early enough flight this morning to deliver his lecture to a rapt and extremely grateful society of arts!

Colette Loll

13 September

“Grand Tales Behind Winterthur’s Exhibit of Treasures on Trial.”

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Collett Loll was the CEO of a marketing and software company for fifteen years when she decided to switch gears and pursue the study of a long time interest in decorative arts.  She packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC, to study the History of Decorative Arts at the Smithsonian Associates Corcoran College of Art and Design.  While there she developed an interest in art fraud.  Which took her to Italy for postgraduate studies in International Art Crime.

Since then she has conducted forensic investigations on suspect artworks, participated in documentary films, even trained Federal agents in the Department of Homeland Security.

She has curated several exhibitions, including the 2014-15 show, “Intent to Deceive,” which highlighted five of the world’s most notorious art forgers, examining not only their techniques but their con artist tactics and physiological profiles.

She is currently founder and director of Art Fraud Insights, a company specializing in art fraud detection, research and education.

She is also co-curator of an exhibit at Winterthur entitled, “Treasures on Trial:  the Art and Science of Detecting Fakes.”

Perhaps most interesting of all, we understand that she has a home filled with Picassos, Renoirs and Matisses.  Or DOES she?


…and at a dinner in her honor, hosted by the NSA, in the Chrysler Museum’s porcelain gallery the evening prior to her lecture.