Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
A new exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism will open on November 7, 2013 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. It will feature the works of artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The exhibit will run through December 30 with a fundraising reception featuring harpist Alix Raspe, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods on December 8th from 4:00-6:00pm, tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs. The artwork is on loan to the Museum by the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut. Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fiarfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer and educator.
Ms. Grant who has extensive knowledge of the Daggys and wrote the monograph, Father and Son: Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy in 2008 she quotes John Vassos who said, “Richard Daggy …can be referred to as the Van Gogh of New England. His extreme reverence and humility toward his work make him unquestionably one of the most sincere artists of his time. His water colors are bathed in sunlight and his insistence onessential form at all times is marked. There is nothing of the quaint or superficial in Daggy’s work. It is vigorous and composed and disarmingly sincere. His palette is the palette of a man who loves trees, loves the sky, loves the country and above all loves life, and does not hesitate to say so. He is now in the period where he has found himself, and, in his full stride, is scheduled to make an important contribution to American painting.”
Augustus (1858-1942), an illustrator and painter, was drawn to Norwalk in 1913 for the artists living in the Silvermine area of the town. This group of artists would later form the Silvermine Guild of Artists of which Augustus was an original member. The Daggy family resided at Grumman Avenue in Norwalk. Richard (1892-1973), Augustus’ eldest, was schooled in art by his father. His paintings, like his father’s, tended to be landscapes, but of a very different style. His medium was watercolor. (Copyright - Leigh Grant, November 2, 2008).
Harpist Alix Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. Described as spellbinding, Alix is currently a Junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University and minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Alix attended Juilliard Pre-College from 2009-2010, 2010-2011. In 2007, she received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist and was runner up in the NYU Concerto Competition in 2013. Ms. Raspe has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations.
The event is generously sponsored in part by Investmark and Whole Foods.
The Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from distinguished benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.
This exhibit will explore the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. An overview of mid-to-late 19th century holiday technologies and toys will also be explored. The Dining Room will highlight New Year’s feasts and menus, while throughout the Mansion the exhibit will tell the evolving story of the Christmas tree and its decorations. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stand on the floor and almost reach the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews’ era. The exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest.
Contemporary Holiday Decorations at the Mansion
The Grand Staircase, designed by Herter brothers and considered a masterpiece of domestic Victorian architecture in America, will feature decorations by Danna DiElsi, owner of the Silk Touch in Norwalk, CT. Magnificent hand-crafted silk garlands will lay the entire length of the stairs on both sides. The grand Entrance Hall, the Billiards Room as well as the 14 foot Christmas tree on the landing of the Staircase will be splendidly adorned with lights and decorations by LMMM Trustees Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors, Stamford, CT, Linda Fontaine, of Linda Fontaine Design and Gail Ingis-Claus.
The Connecticut Humanities has awarded a $9,999 Public Presentation planning grant to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to prepare the script for a new exhibit, The Stairs Below: The Untold Story of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920 (working title). The exhibit will open on September 13, 2014 and serve as the focal theme for the Museum’s upcoming season.
“The Board of Trustees and I are very grateful to the Connecticut Humanities for this generous award,” said LMMM Executive Director Susan Gilgore. “I believe our communities will find this exhibit of great interest, as it will highlight themes of general appeal such as the immigrant experience, housing, social justice and economics during the Victorian era.”
Interpretations of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, like those of many other historic house museums, tend to focus on the more majestic living areas of the Mansion and the lives of their owners. In this new exhibit, the museum will be opening up the servants’ quarters of its building to visitors, creating interpretive tours and exhibit spaces that explore the lives of the people who worked at the Mansion, and whose stories has never been told before.
“We thank Senator Bob Duff and all our State legislators for their continued focus and support of this institution and are truly thankful to the Connecticut Humanities for offering their invaluable support to the Museum’s The Stairs Below exhibit,” said Patsy Brescia, LMMM Chairman of the Board. This new and exciting educational program will help us generate additional interest and support for this National Historic Landmark and continue to engage our community in a relevant and meaningful way.”
The exhibition will be curated by Raechel Guest. Ms Guest is LMMM’s curator, and a Smith College graduate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum and is also the Executive Director and Curator of the Cornwall Historical Society.
Dr. Jennifer Putsz historian and author of Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums will join LMMM as an expert advisor. Dr. Putsz works as Museum Historian for Historic New England and has researched extensively the lives of servants in more than thirty-six properties.
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. These programs bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. For more information on tours and programs, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 203-838-9799.
For centuries, silver has connoted elegance, wealth, and power. The proliferation of silver articles in the nineteenth century and the technologies and discoveries behind them, will be the topic of the lecture, “Setting the Table with Science: Victorian Silver and its Technologies” at 11:00 am on December 11 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. The lecture will be given by Jennifer Carlquist, an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz and Administrator of the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools. Carlquist is also a former Winterthur Research Fellow and a graduate of the M.A. Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cooper-Hewitt.
Nineteenth-century makers capitalized on its value by inventing new technologies to manufacture and imitate silver. Innovative technologies such as silver plating and new rolling and stamping techniques helped spur the growth of the silver article industry. By the late nineteenth century, silver—and its imitations— was accessible to many everyday Americans. Electricity also helped promote interest in antique silver. The 1840s process of electrotyping allowed exact copies to be made of Ancient, Mannerist and Baroque silver and gold. Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art collected electrotypes, giving Americans access to Europe’s finest museums and royal treasuries in their own hometowns.
Lecturer Jennifer Carlquist spent fifteen years as a museum professional in her home state of Minnesota, holding positions at Glensheen, a historic estate overlooking Lake Superior, and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. She also worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where she curated such installations as “The Business of Mrs. Smith: 250 Years of Women in Silver” and “The Flattery of Imitation: Sheffield Plate.”
The lecture is the last of a series of lectures at the Museum on “Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era.” The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members. The price includes lecture, lunch and a mansion tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers. The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlayof New Canaan.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is partnering with the Norwalk Public Library and Matthew Surapine Studio to create a joyous and festive family event and several hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration. Holiday displays, Santa Claus, Story Time, music, holiday refreshments, and the cherished Teddy Bear and Doll Victorian Tea will delight and entertain the entire community.
Santa Claus At the Mansion (12:15 - 1:15 P.M.)
A holiday favorite, Santa Claus will open the Holiday Open house and spent a full hour at the Mansion greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole.
Story Time at the Mansion (1:15 - 2:15 P.M.)
Listen, sing, dance and shake along with Vicki Oatis, Director of Children’s
Library Services at the Norwalk Public Library as she reads books about the holidays, sings classic holiday songs, and moves and grooves with jingle bells and egg shakers. Enjoy the story of Olivia Helps with Christmas, written by Ian Falconer, a former resident of Rowayton. Other fun books will be read, and stories will be told using a magnetic board. All rhymes and songs will be interactive and easy to follow along.
Making Merry at the Mansion (2:30 - 3:15 P.M.)
Join us for the annual Holiday Open House, as we share Holiday cheer, Holiday spirit, and the beautiful surroundings of this landmark, aided by the talented voices of the Matthew Surapine Studio. Selections will be taken from the wonderful seasonal music, favorites from our rich musical theater heritage, and the great American Songbook.
Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party (3:15 - 4:00 P.M.)
This is a chance for children to have lots of fun, dress up, bring a favorite bear, a doll, or a toy, and practice good etiquette, as the Mansion continues its tradition of High Tea during the Holiday season. A tea party bingo will end this joyful and playful event with lots of prizes. Seating is limited. RSVP December 7th.
The Holiday Open House is generously sponsored in part by Pepperidge Farm, Stew Leonard’s, Pierson & Smith, Norwalk Public Library, Matthew Surapine Studio, Party City and Angelia Mia Bakery.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's Board of Trustees will hold a Holiday Reception, which will be open to the public and feature the exhibits, A Grand Display of Holiday Traditions: Victorian Era Presents and Decorations, curated by Raechel Guest, and Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism, co-curated by Leigh Grant and Gail Ingis-Claus.
Sponsored by M.F. DiScala & Company and PB Architects, the Mansion’s Reception will feature pianist Peter DeMarco performing Broadway classics and holiday standards. Guests will be able to walk around throughout the first floor of the Museum and view the contemporary decorations and the two exhibits currently on view. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts generously provided in part by Outdoor Cookers and Garelick & Herbs.
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