Special Tours and Lectures

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Olana’s educators strive to generate authentic learning experiences for all ages through inter-disciplinary study, play, and exploration, thereby inspiring the preservation and conservation of all aspects of Olana’s picturesque site.

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Deep Air Art Series: Geography and Gender Deborah Poe and Kazumi Tanaka

Sunday March 8, 3-5pm
$5 per person; Ages 10 and up

Poet, artist bookmaker, curator, and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka present their art and in turn explore complex issues of geography and power (gendered, nationalist, and resource-based) while staying deeply committed to beauty. Each artist has at times explored nature and commerce, western and non-western thought, domestic work and objects, as well as the “fabric” of life, textiles. This afternoon encourages audiences to get caught up in the “transformation of things” and in keeping with Olana, as a sanctuary and historic domestic space, we will be provoked and inspired by artists who focus their critical inquiry on the domestic sphere with images and words that resonate with and into the natural world and expand these resonances outward globally in their social implications. Please join us for this second of several events designed to use the Wagon House Education Center and grounds of Olana to highlight artistic practices and conversations about ecology, local geography and landscape. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. Each speaker will present for about 20 minutes, followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake.

 

Eventbrite - “Deep Air” Art Series: Geography and Gender

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Armchair Travel Series: Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes

Saturday March 14, 3-5pm
$5 per person; Ages 10 and up

Join designer and author Hermes Mallea for a nostalgic celebration of the glamour of warm-weather destinations in the Caribbean and Florida, from the great estates of ambitious patrons to the most exclusive resorts of the mid-twentieth century. His new book, titled Escape, is perfect eye candy for those who want to imagine the life of Frederic and Isabel who went south for most of the winter. Through iconic photography capturing the cultural mood at the moment when social codes relaxed from the formality of the Gilded Age to the spontaneity of the jet-set era, Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour takes the reader inside a world of beach parties and costume balls set in lush tropical landscapes, of rarefied resorts and fairy-tale private estates. You will feel warmed as Mallea focuses on Jamaica in his talk. Lecture followed by Q&A, cake and tea.

 

Eventbrite - Armchair Travel Series: Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes

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Deep Air Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape

Sunday, March 22, 3-5pm
$5 per person; Ages 10 and up

Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner. Jonathan Skinner, a 2011-2012 fellow with Cornell Society for the Humanities, founded and edits the journal eco-poetics; his poetry collections include Birds of Tifft (2011) and Political Cactus Poems (2005), Spoils of the Park (2012) and his essays on urban landscape and poetics have appeared in numerous anthologies. Skinner’s work has taken up the idea of planned landscapes of Church’s contemporary, Frederick Law Olmstead. He has written and lectured extensively and generatively on eco-poetics, and poetry and watersheds. A former Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Skinner teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and in the Writing Program at the University of Warwick in England. Please join us for this third of several events designed to use the Wagon House Education Center and grounds of Olana to highlight artistic practices and conversations about ecology, local geography and landscape. This event is curated by artist and poet, Lee Gough. The lecture on Sunday is followed Q&A, conversation, tea and cake.

 

Eventbrite - “Deep Air” Arts Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape

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Contemporary Art in Historic Spaces: Curator Pieranna Cavalchini

Saturday April 4, 3-5pm
$10 in advance; $12 at the door; Pre-registration highly recommended; Ages 15 and up

Join us for a lecture by Curator Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; one of the first historic sites to feature contemporary art in the context of historic interiors. The contemporary program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is living proof of the timelessness of art and of the life force that runs between the art of the past and the art of the present  , and Ms. Cavalchini is considered a curator whose work in this area is always breaking new ground. As Olana prepares to install contemporary art inside and outside Olana in the summer season, this lecture is a first step in developing a vocabulary to speak of the inter-play between historic sites interpretation, and contemporary art.  Her talk will be followed by Q&A and tea and cake; join us while we explore history of this practice to imagine the future. Pre-registration is encouraged by preceding Thursday.

 

Eventbrite - Contemporary Art in Historic Spaces: Curator Pieranna Cavalchini

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