Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery from April 4 through August 11, 2013, this international symposium brings together scholars and conservators to examine the Hoentschel collection in the context of the history of collecting in France and America. In April 1906, the celebrated Parisian decorator Georges Hoentschel (1855-1915) sold his French eighteenth-century panelling, seat furniture, painted overdoors, assorted objects, and medieval art to the powerful New York financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913). Morgan, then president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presented the eighteenth-century objects immediately to the Museum but initially only offered to lend the earlier artworks. These were later donated by his son Jack Morgan in 1916. Hoentschel was also involved in the contemporary art world of his day, designing an Art Nouveau pavilion for the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900, as well as intriguing stoneware vessels. The Hoentschel material constitutes one of the most significant collections from the early period of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center presents an unprecedented opportunity to explore its important role in disseminating the taste for eighteenth-century and Medieval French art in the United States.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Flaminia Gennari-Santori
Consulting Curator, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida
“’There Was Money in the Air’: John Pierpont Morgan and the European Collecting Tradition”
Moderator, Ulrich Leben (Bard Graduate Center)

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm. The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.

RSVP is required.

Please note that a separate RSVP is required for the all-day session on Friday, April 19, 2013.

PLEASE NOTE that our Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room. Registrants who arrive late will be seated in an overflow viewing area.