Daily Special Lectures *
Friday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m.
It’s All in the Mix:
The Art of Reinterpreting What Is Old and Making It New Again
Noted Interior Designer and Author
From chinoiserie and antiques to mid-century modern, Meg Braff has perfected the art of reinterpreting what is old school and making it new again. She will share her inspiration and ingenuity and discuss how she carefully selects fine antiques and vintage pieces for her shop and wide range of clients and mixes them with unique modern pieces to create tasteful, fresh interiors. In her engaging conversation, Meg will explore “what is old is new again” in her highly popular and unique, signature style.
Book signing of The Decorated Home will follow.
Sponsored by: InCollect
Friday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Forged Art: The FBI Team’s Role in Solving Crime
Special Agent FBI Art Crime Team
Art and cultural property crime—which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines—is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses in the billions of dollars annually. To recover these precious pieces—and to bring these criminals to justice—the FBI has a dedicated Art Crime Team of 16 special agents, supported by DOJ trial attorneys for prosecutions. The Bureau also runs the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of reported stolen art and cultural properties for the use of law enforcement agencies across the world. This presentation will explore the FBI Art Crime Team’s role in combating crimes involving art and cultural property.
Sponsored by Altus Partners.
Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Banners of Liberty: Flags of the American Revolution
R. Scott Stephenson, Ph.D.
Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions & Programming
Museum of the American Revolution
From the first shots fired at Lexington and concord in 1775, Revolutionary Americans graphically depicted the political ideas of their “Glorious Cause” on the flags that waved over first, ships, and regiments. In this fascinating lecture Scott Stephenson will explore the history and meaning of a variety of Revolutionary-era flags.
Scott Stephenson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia. He has developed and collaborated on exhibits, films and interpretive programs for numerous historical sites and organizations including Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian, the Canadian War Museum, the National Park Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Heinz History Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. He has served on the board of Fort Ticonderoga, and is presently a member of the advisory board to Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative.
Since 2007, Stephenson has overseen the development and care of the Museum’s collection of artifacts, works of art, manuscripts and printed works, and is currently spear-heading exhibition and public programming development for the new Museum facility set to open on April 19, 2017 in historic Philadelphia.
Sponsored by Flather & Perkins.
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Spangled and Splendid: Discovering Art and History in Antique American Flags
When it comes to antique American flags, dealer Jeff Bridgman is the world’s most trusted authority. No one puts more time and care into their study, conservation, and display. His lecture at the Show will be presented during a walking tour through the loan exhibit, where he will focus on the changes in the design of the American Flag from 1777-1920, the evolution of the stars and stripes, and various exits and graphics used by politicians as advertisement.
During the early part of his career in the antiques trade, Jeff identified a remarkable a lack of understanding of America’s most beloved symbol. Recognizing the great artistic and historical value it held for potential collectors, Jeff opened a new door within the field of Americana. With expertise in American textiles and American folk art, he saw a natural fit. Here was something so obviously important, yet so shockingly overlooked, and at the same time so well-suited for Jeff’s passion for American patriotism, early cloth, and unique objects.
Specializing in the 19th century, Jeff also became the preeminent dealer of American political textiles. He has lectured on both this and related flag topics for many years and has helped to build and many of the nation’s leading private collections. Jeff presently serves on the board of directors of the Stars & Stripes Foundation, which manages the collection of author Kit Hinrichs, and has long been the go-to source for designers such as Ralph Lauren. Jeff has curated several large museum installations and has performed appraisals for both leading museums and insurance companies. In 2013 he appraised George Washington’s headquarters flag for the Museum of the American Revolution, which absorbed most of the venerable collection of Valley Forge and in 2010 he appraised the only surviving flag thought to have possibly been made by Betsy Ross, for a temporary loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts to Winterthur Museum.
* ALL DAILY SPECIAL LECTURES ARE FREE WITH GENERAL ADMISSION.
Daily Guided Show Tours
THERE WILL BE GUIDED SHOW TOURS EACH DAY BY PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART FAIRMOUNT PARK HOUSE GUIDES. They will share their expertise as they escort small groups through the Show, highlighting notable objects and art offered by the Show’s outstanding exhibitors and taking a closer look at the 2017 loan exhibit.