High during the next few days. As mentioned in the sidebar, Patricia E. Kane, scholar in 18th and 19th century Rhode Island furniture, will present Cold Case: Nathanael Greene, Thomas Spencer and the Dissemination of the Newport Style on Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Museum's Hill Auditorium. Although admission to the talk is free, reservations are required. Click here for details.
discuss Nellie Mae Rowe's work. Her emphasis will be the imagery of house and home that pervades Rowe's art, in the context of 20th-century women's studies. Reservations are required for this one too. Click here for details.
To hear, from the comfort of your sofa, one of the most eloquent lecturers the art world has ever known, the late Kirk Varnedoe, surf over to Charlie Rose's archives. The conversations with Varnedoe are still available online, and I think my favorite is the hour-long rebroadcast of the talk about MoMA's 2003 Matisse-Picasso exhibition. During this show, Varnedoe (former chief curator at MoMA) is joined by his successor John Elderfield. I've said it before, but I was lucky enough to listen to Savannah native Varnedoe in person and he truly was an amazing speaker.
The Kirk Varnedoe Collection remains on view at the Telfair's Jepson Center through April 4, 2010. Included are works by Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Richard Avedon, and other influential artists.