Speakers Bureau

Talks and Living History Presentations for Your Community

Art: History and Appreciation

Talks with the Art: History and Appreciation theme:

Image for Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense - Rick Winston discusses the evolution of Alfred Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationships with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor.
Image for An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan - Douglas Brooks shares his experience apprenticing with Japanese boat builders, participating in the country's rich history of traditional arts and crafts.
Image for Cartooning Reconsidered Cartooning Reconsidered - James Sturm explores a brief history of the language and art of comics, and the new ways that cartooning and visual storytelling are changing the world.
Image for Classic Films of the 1950s Classic Films of the 1950s - Rick Winston discusses the significance of several acclaimed films from the 1950s, when the studio system was in decline and independent films were gaining a foothold.
Image of Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Lewis Chessmen Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Lewis Chessmen - Nancy Marie Brown discusses the Lewis Chessmen, which present a capsule history of the Vikings in the North Atlantic, when the sea-road connected countries we think of as culturally distinct.
Image of New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950 New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950 - William Hosley tells the story of the New England painters, printmakers and photographers who used our history, landscape, environment, and traditional industries as subject matter and muse.
Image of The Hollywood Blacklist The Hollywood Blacklist - Through film clips and discussion, Rick Winston explores the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood’s labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end.
Image of The Postmodern Turn in Architecture The Postmodern Turn in Architecture - David Mills explores the ways in which opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped the designs and skylines of contemporary cities.
Image of The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau - Rob Mermin explores the metaphors of mime technique—what mime master Marcel Marceau called "the silent language of the soul."
Image of Vermont Folk Art Vermont Folk Art - Jane Beck discusses the process of learning a traditional art, life crises that spur the creation of folk art, and the emotional bond that exists between the maker and the receiver of a folk art object.
Image of Mona Lisa with beard What is Art? - David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference, imagining art history as an ongoing conversation.