Newport Art Museum Winter Lecture Series speakers and topics

Darrell West returns to launch series on January 7

The Newport Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Lecture Series covers topics as diverse as politics, art, food fads, farming, jazz and film-making. This will be the 85th annual winter speaker series at the Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. For the seventh year in a row Darrell West, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, returns to launch the series. The 2012 Winter Lectures take place on Saturdays at 2 pm (weather permitting) from January 7 through February 25 and are supported by Ronald Lee Fleming II, Denise L. Roberts, CFP, CRPS, George and Anita Furbish, Robert and Cynthia Sinclair, Robin and Fred Warren, Johanna and Ronald Becker, Margot and Richard Grosvenor.

Cost to attend is $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Series subscribers can attend all eight lectures for $70 (members) or $105 (non-members). A reception follows each lecture. To subscribe, call Larry Bacon at 401-848-8200. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. For more information visit “Lecture followed by tea” has been a tradition at the Newport Art Museum since the early days of the Art Association of Newport.

Richard Hunt, Chair of the Winter Lecture Series Committee, said, “We always strive for meaningful eclecticism. Some topics focus directly on the 100 years. We wanted speakers to provide insight into the next 100. We also needed something for “Today” – Darrell West, one of our most appreciated speakers provides this.”

2012 Winter Lecture Series
Newport Art Museum

Saturdays, 2 pm January 7 – February 25, 2012
Museum members $10, non-members $15
Series subscription: Museum members $70, non-members $105
Reception follows each lecture.
Weather permitting

76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport,Rhode Island 02840
(401) 848-8200

January 7

Darrell West, “Politics 2012: What’s Going On?”

Politics up to the minute from the VP of Governance Studies and Director for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.

January 14

Art Manchester ,”All That Jazz: 100 Years”

One of Rhode Island’s favorite musicians demonstrates how jazz works.

January 21

Hayat Alvi, “The Middle East of Today and Tomorrow: The Long-Term Trends”

Updates on the latest developments in the Middle East, and analysis of current and future trends.

January 28

Michael Conforti, “The Clark: Making an Impression in the Berkshires and Beyond”

Looking inside the revered Clark Art Institute, noted for its outstanding impressionism collection.

February 4

Richard Greenwood, “Out to Pasture: Colonial to Present Day Dairy Farming in Rhode Island”

Historical analysis of resourceful farmers adapting to technological and cultural changes.

February 11

Richard Gutman, “What’s New is Old: 100 Years of Food Fads and Mainstream Trends”
Think today’s food fashions are new? A look at food in Newport since the Museum’s founding will make you think again!

February 18 The Cora Lee Gibbs Winter Lecture
William Vareika, “The Enduring Art of William Trost Richards: A case study of the rich artistic heritage of Newport and the Narragansett Bay region, with personal reflections in celebration of the Centennial of the Newport Art Museum and Art Association.”

February 25
Steve Feinberg, “Lights, Camera, Action Rhode Island: The romance of making films in the culturally and visually rich Ocean State.”

About the Newport Art Museum

Bringing art to life in Rhode Island

The Newport Art Museum celebrates its Centennial in 2012. The Museum’s collections and exhibitions focus on the visual artists of Newport and Rhode Island, reflecting the region’s rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene.The Museum also offers art classes and camps, concerts, talks, trips and special events throughout the year. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and receives support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The Newport Art Museum is situated in Newport’s Old Quarter at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 active military and students with valid ID; Museum members and children under 5: no charge. By donation Saturday from 10 am to noon. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm. The Museum closes at 4 pm November 1 – April 30. Open most major holiday Mondays. Check website for details. To learn more visit or call (401) 848-8200.


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