2014-01-03 / News Briefs

Art Museum Winter Speaker Series

The Newport Art Museum has announced the line-up for its popular Winter Speaker Series that kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 11. The theme of the series is “Transformation-ism” and features lectures by some of the foremost experts on change in politics, art, and history.

Lectures are held Saturdays at 2 p.m. in the museum galleries. Member ticket price is $10 each or $50 for the series; non-members pay $15 or $75 for the series. Student tickets are $6. Tickets are available at newportartmusem.org or by calling the museum at 401-848-8200. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Jan. 11 - Darrell West opens the series with “Changes Ahead? A Look Forward to Midterms,” reviewing the political landscape and examining the changing fortunes of President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans.

Jan. 18 - Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will examine “The Mystery of Vampires in New England.”

Jan. 25 - Dr. Victoria Reed will present “To the Victor Go the Spoils? Intricate Legalities of Plundered Art.”

Feb. 1 - Ted Widmer will speak on “Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of JFK,” examining the 265 hours of conversation captured in July 1962 using hidden systems in the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.

Feb. 8 - Barnaby Evans will discuss “WaterFire: From an Art Installation to a Global Phenomenon.”

Feb. 15 - Robin Starr will present “Tales from the Auction World,” offering a behind-the-scenes look at the mysterious, unusual, and astonishing discoveries she’s made working with clients around the country.

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