Daily Special Lectures *

Friday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.

MARTHA STEWART is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher and the author of more than 80 books on cooking, entertaining, crafts, homekeeping, gardens, weddings, and decorating.
KEVIN SHARKEY is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of Design for the Martha Stewart Brand. He leads the Design teams in all aspects of product development and is responsible for overseeing all Martha Stewart creative content.
Martha’s Flowers

Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey

Martha Stewart’s lifelong love of flowers began at a young age, as she dug in and planted alongside her father in their family garden, growing healthy, beautiful blooms, every year. The indispensable lessons she learned then–and those she has since picked up from master gardeners–form the best practices she applies to her voluminous flower gardens today.

For the first time, she compiles the wisdom of a lifetime spent gardening into a practical yet inspired book.
Learn how and when to plant, nurture, and at the perfect time, cut from your garden. With lush blooms in hand, discover how to build stunning arrangements.

As her 90th full length book and her first dedicated solely to the subject, Martha’s Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Friday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Forged Art:  The FBI Team’s Role in Solving Crime

Jake Archer
Special Agent FBI Art Crime Team
Philadelphia Division

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
Philadelphia, PA

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 forts, 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.

The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775

Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Spangled and Splendid: Discovering Art and History in Antique American Flags

Jeff Bridgman

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.

McNeil Curator Lecture

Sponsored by: Crothall/Morrison Healthcare



Daily Guided Show Tours

Guided Tours

Guided 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.