Norfolk Society of Arts


We are grateful to our audience for navigating the new world of VIRTUAL LECTURES with us during the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020-21, and after celebrating our centennial year in 2017, our PURPOSE remains the same:  to promote arts and culture in our Hampton Roads community and to provide financial support to the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Our Schedule of Lectures continues free and open to the public thanks to our generous membership.

We hope to return to the Chrysler Museum of Art to host our lectures in 2021-22, with  coffee served in the museum’s Huber Court at 10:30 am as usual, before each 11:00 am lecture. 

Membership, watch your emails, and guests, please check this site as we determine, based on CDC, State of Virginia and Chrysler Museum guidelines regarding health and safety, whether we may return to in-person lectures this coming fall.

And now, presenting:


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


23 Sept. 2020  Peter J. Schertz, Ph.D. Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, Virginia Museum of Arts, on Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.  Join us for Mr. Schertz’s virtual lecture at 11am sharp. VIRTUAL. 

14 Oct.  Melissa Conn, Director Venice Office, Save Venice Inc. (Mabel Brown Lecture) on The Art and Science of Saving Venice.  VIRTUAL. 

18 Nov.  Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO, OPERA America, on Opera’s Neglected Dimension: The Visual. This lecture is a collaboration with Virginia Opera.  VIRTUAL. 

27 Jan. 2021  Thomas Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director & President, Barnes Foundation, on The Enduring Influence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. VIRTUAL.  

24 Feb.  Brandon Ruud, Abert Family Curator of American Art, Milwaukee Art Museum and co-curator of Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920, on Saucy Cigarreras and Sevillian Barbers: Spain and 19th Century Popular Culture. VIRTUAL.

24 Mar.  Salvador Salort-Pons, Ph.D. Director, President & CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts, on Past, Present and Future of the Detroit Institute of Arts. VIRTUAL. 

26 Apr.  Annual Meeting, Lecture and Member Luncheon (cancelled in light of Covid 19 restrictions) featuring Mary Gabriel, award winning author, on Ninth Street Women:  Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art, a discussion based on her book, Ninth Street Women, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler:  Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art. VIRTUAL. 


25 Sept. 2019  Cynthia Bronson Altman, past Curator, Kykuit and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, on Kykuit, the Rockefeller Family home:  Reflections on its Collections and Gardens.

23 Oct.  William Middleton, Author, on The Enlightened Patronage of Dominique and John DeMernil, our Mabel Brown lecture with book signing to follow.

20 Nov.  Clay S. Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar, on Thomas Jefferson – Architect and Palladian Scholar.  Moderated by Erik H. Neil, Ph.D., Director and President, Chrysler Museum of Art.  THIS EVENT WILL be held in collaboration with the VIRGINIA OPERA at the HARRISON OPERA HOUSE and will RUN LONGER THAN USUAL, AT 75 MINUTES.  Please plan accordingly.

22 Jan. 2020  Leo G. Mazow, Ph.D. , Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, on Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness.  This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,, and is supported in part by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.

26 Feb.  Donald Albrecht,, Independent Curator, on Art Deco New York:  the Mythic City.

25 Mar.  Melissa Conn, Director Venice Office, Save Venice Inc.,, on The Art and Science of Saving Venice.

27 Apr. Thomas Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation,, on The Enduring Influence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, preceded by our annual meeting and followed by our annual Spring Luncheon.


12 Sept.  Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, President & CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts on Past, Present and future of the Detroit Institute of Arts

24 Oct.  Jed Perl, Author, critic and regular contributor to “The New York Review of Books,” on Calder:  the Conquest of Time.  The Early Years:  1898-1940, (our Mabel Brown lecture with book signing to follow)

28 Nov.  Heather Lenz, Documentary filmmaker and Art Historian, on Kusama:  Connecting the Dots

23 Jan.  Nica Gutman Rieppi, Principal investigator, art analysis and research, on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi:  the History, Technique and Revelation of a Lost Masterpiece

27 Feb.  Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art, VMFA, on Of Glitter and Grit:  American Painting from the McGlothlin Collection

27 Mar.  Frederick Ilchman, Chair, Art of Europe, and Mrs. Russell W Baker Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Tintoretto:  the Artist of Venice at 500

6 May  Didier Ghez, author of the book series, “They Drew as They Pleased – the Hidden Art of Disney,” on his books, with our Annual Meeting, luncheon and book signing to follow.


13 Sept. Colette Loll, Founder and Director of Art Fraud Insights, LLC and Co-Curator of “Treasures on Trial:  The Art & Science of Detecting Fakes,” on Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, on Grand Tales Behind Winterthur’s Exhibit of Treasures on Trial

25 Oct. Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Shapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University, and Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, the Museum of Modern Art, on Unpacking the Archive:  Frank Lloyd Wright at 150- (our Mabel Brown lecture)

29 Nov. Graham C. Boettcher, R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, on Tiffany’s Dragons:  the Viking Revival in American Art

24 Jan. Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus, the Chrysler Museum of Art, on American Maverick:  the Extraordinary Life and Collecting Career of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

28 Feb. Lisa Freiman, Director, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, on Making History:  the 2011 Venice Biennial and the Institute for Contemporary Art

28 Mar. Kathleen A. Foster, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, on American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent- (our Mary Ellis Jarvie Lecture)

7 May Meryl Gordon, Author, and Director of Magazine Writing, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU, on Bunny Mellon:  the Pursuit of Perfection- (our Annual Meeting and Benefit Luncheon speak)

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