Virtual Lectures 2020-21


The Chrysler Museum of Art‘s “Scene with Blue 6,” Helen Frankenthaler, 1961.

We’re excited to present our final VIRTUAL lecture of the 2020-21 season with author MARY GABRIEL. She will discuss her “gorgeous and unsettling…supremely gratifying” (NYTimes) novel, Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler, Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art.

She’ll be with us from Ireland, VIRTUALLY, on Monday, April 26th at 11am sharp. A link to join us, free and open to the public, will post here and on our FB page on the 25th.

The Chrysler Museum of Art’s “Ravencrest,” Grace Hartigan, 1969.

CARS and ART… And so much more!!

Currently on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts, “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City- 1950-2020” photo credit traveler photo submitted by bcsystems 2021.
A DIA initiative to bring arts outside, rainproof, city-wide (just a giclee;) Courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts

JOIN US for our sixth VIRTUAL lecture, “Past, Present and Future of the Detroit Institute of Arts,” featuring the Detroit Institute of Arts Director, President & CEO, Salvador Salort-Pons, Ph.D., at 11am EST sharp. Wednesday, March 24th.

This lecture will not be available for viewing afterwards, so please plan accordingly.

The Detroit Institute of Arts Director Salvador Salort-Pons poses for a portrait outside of the DIA in Detroit, Mich. on Aug. 14, 202


Detail of a gallery in the exhibit, “Americans in Spain,” on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art February 12- May 16, 2021.

The perfect complement to an exhibit currently on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art, “AMERICANS IN SPAIN: PAINTING AND TRAVEL, 1820-1920,” our fifth VIRTUAL lecture features one of its co-curators, Milwaukee Art Museum‘s Abert Family Curator of American Art, BRANDON RUUD, discussing several specific aspects of the show in his talk entitled, “Saucy Cigarerras and Sevillian Barbers: Spain and 19th Century Popular Culture.”

Join us at 11am 24 February to watch the lecture virtually, and then mask up and visit the museum to enjoy artworks which Mr. Ruud and the Chrysler’s Brock Curator of American Art, COREY PIPER, sourced from over fifty museums and private collections worldwide.

Our FOURTH VIRTUAL LECTURE, “The Enduring Influence of Albert C. Barnes,”

with Thomas Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director & President of the Barnes Foundation, will begin at 11am sharp on Wednesday, 27 January.

This lecture will not be available to view online after its live presentation. Please plan accordingly.

Barnes Foundation, interior. Photo courtesy of the Barnes Foundation.

OUR NEXT THREE LECTURES of the season will be presented VIRTUALLY!!

January 27th, February 24th and March 24th, 2021.

Featuring speakers from three major American museums.

We are particularly glad to present these talks, and to help keep arts and culture alive in general, while Covid19 limits public access to so many museum collections.

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia PA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

27 January, Thomas Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director & President, the Barnes Foundation, speaks on “The Enduring Influence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes.”

24 February, Brandon Ruud, Abert Family Curator of American Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, speaks on, “Saucy Cigarreras and Sevillian Barbers: Spain and the 19th-Century Popular Culture.”

24 March, Salvador Salort-Pons, Ph.D., Director, President & CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts, speaks on, “Past, Present and Future of the Detroit Institute of Arts.”

Links to join us for each of these lectures will post here, and on our facebook page, @nosoarts.norfolk, on the evening prior to each lecture. Stay tuned to join us, live!


Is a collaboration!!

Virginia Opera’s recent production of “Il Postino.” Photo:

IN collaboration with Virginia Opera, we are proud to feature Opera America‘s MARC SCORCA in our third VIRTUAL lecture. He’ll be discussing not only the history of opera in America but also how visual artists influence a predominantly auditory experience- “Opera’s Neglected Dimension: the Visual.”

Opera America’s President and CEO, Marc Scorca. (photo: Opera America)
VaOpera’s Peggy Kriha Dye

As an added bonus, during this lecture our NSA President, Jan Bradley, is joined by Virginia Opera‘s new General Director and CEO, Peggy Kriha Dye, hosting a live Q&A period with Mr. Scorca.

VIRGINIA OPERA‘S production of Street Scene, photo: Ben Schill,
VIRGINIA OPERA‘s 2019 production of Madam Butterfly, photo: Ben Schill


Brings us Melissa Conn, the Venice Director of Save Venice, Inc., in a discussion of the work her organization is doing to save Venetian masterworks from the ravages of time and tide.

This second VIRTUAL lecture will be presented on October 14th at 11am sharp. Check here or our Facebook page, nosoarts.norfolk, for a link. It will post on the 13th.

Conn with Torcello mosaics.

a view of the canal, and waters… everywhere…
a straightforward statement of exactly what Ms. Conn will discuss- “save Venice, work in progress.”


“Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities”

It was our first foray into the world of VIRTUAL lectures and it went off without a hitch!

It featured Peter J. Schertz, Ph.D., the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, discussing Egypt’s sunken Nile delta cities. A program organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and supported in part by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund, it was the perfect accompaniment to an actual in-person visit to the exhibit currently on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts through January 2021.

Osiris and Isis, featured in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art exhibition 2020, photo credit VMFA.

Installation view, and thanks for photo: VMFA

OUR FIRST THREE LECTURES of the 2020-21 season will be presented VIRTUALLY

on the day of, with Q&A periods afterwards. Questions may be asked of the speaker by email: The Q&A will only be available during the live presentation.

Our three VIRTUAL lecture dates are September 23rd, October 14th and November 18th, at 11am sharp. Please check this page for links to join the event. We will post them here as they become available. We will also post links on our Facebook page, @nosoarts.norfolk and will email the links to current Members.

Many thanks for your patience as we enter this virtual new world!

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