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GALLERY TALK: William Williams, “Photographs Talk: But Seeing What They Are
Saying Is Another Matter.”

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00 PM

William Williams is Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College. He holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. His own photographs have been included in exhibitions at Historic Yellow Springs in Pennsylvania, the Baltimore Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Tampa Museum in Florida and the Princeton University Museum, among others.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email

LECTURE: Brock Jobe, “Classical Splendor: 19th Century Furniture at the Athenæum.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 PM

Winterthur Museum’s Brock Jobe teaches graduate courses in historic interiors, American decorative arts, and twentieth-century design. In his present role, he mentors students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and is also a frequent lecturer at museums, antiques shows, and collectors’ clubs throughout the country. Jobe is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. He went on to work as Curator, first of Colonial Williamsburg, and then of SPNEA (now Historic New England), before returning to Winterthur as Deputy Director for Collections and Interpretation.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Jobe Program Non-Member

LECTURE: Alexandra Kirtley, “The Classical Ideal of A.G. Quervelle: Fashioning French
Furniture in Early 19th Century Philadelphia.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:00 PM

This illustrated presentation will consider the Philadelphia career of French-trained cabinetmaker Anthony Gabriel Quervelle, which lasted from 1817 until the early 1850s. Quervelle’s output had a great impact on the design of classical furniture made in Philadelphia. Particular attention will be paid to furniture he made that is now part of the collections of the Athenæum. Alexandra Kirtley is the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She earned her M.A. in Early American Culture (Winterthur Program) at the University of Delaware.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10 Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Kirtley Program Non-Member

Philly Photo Day Workshop at the Athenaeum

Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:00-3:00 PM

On October 10, 2014, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) will hold the fifth annual Philly Photo Day, a day of educational outreach and engagement when PPAC invites everyone in the city to take a photograph using a phone or camera. The only restriction is that it is taken in Philadelphia on that day. PPAC then prints and hangs every single image – thousands - for a vast exhibition presenting an uncensored reflection of Philadelphia from countless of diverse lenses. Twenty visiting artists will give thirty free photography workshops at partnering community centers using 200 digital cameras PPAC provides to participants, ensuring the inclusion of traditionally underserved constituents who may not otherwise have access to a camera or smartphone. Instructors are drawn from PPAC’s pool of professional teaching artists. The workshops engage neighbors by empowering them through education, giving them tools to communicate visually.

Free.  Only 15 Registrants allowed.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email

LECTURE: Andrew Lins, “From Small Beginnings to a Colossal Undertaking: A. M. Calder’s Sculpture of William Penn.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Andrew Lins joined the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1979 and since 1997, has been the Neubauer Family Chair of Conservation. Of greatest relevance to this lecture, Lins has served as a consultant to the City of Philadelphia for City Hall Tower projects which have included the William Penn statue and eight sculptures above the clock level. Andrew Lins graduated from The University of Pennsylvania and then earned an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts NYU and an MSc in Corrosion Science and Engineering from Sir John Cass College, London Polytechnic, the latter during a Kress Fellowship at the British Museum Research Laboratory.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10 Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Lins Program Non-Member

LECTURE: Society Hill: Hot and Healthy!

Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:30 PM

Dr. Sarah Mathews, "How to Combat Anxiety and Depression."

Dr. Sarah Mathews is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Mathews completed both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.   She has a particular interest in issues related to the behavioral health of aging and aged women, including the management of cognitive disorders, depression, and anxiety and is recognized as a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP).  She provides clinical services at the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, and is actively involved in education for the University of Pennsylvania's medical and psychiatry programs.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email

LECTURE: Medill Higgins Harvey, “Invaluable Treasures: The Philadelphia Athenæum’s
Fletcher and Gardiner Silver and Archives.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 PM

Medill Higgins Harvey is research associate in the American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the co-author, with Beth Carver Wees, of Early American Silver in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). She holds an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from Cooper-Hewitt / Parsons.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Higgins Harvey Program Non-Member

GALLERY TALK: Donald Cresswell, A Plan of the City of Philadelphia and Environs
Surveyed by John Hills, 1808. (Eli P. Zebooker Collection)

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1:30 PM

This map is the result of surveys taken in the summer of 1801 through 1807. It is one of only 17 copies known to have survived. The Philadelphia Print Shop, founded by partners Donald H. Cresswell and Christopher W. Lane, first opened its doors in September, 1982. Don Cresswell had worked at the Library of Congress on its collection of Revolutionary War prints and was a college librarian before working as a cataloguer and salesman for Graham Arader.

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LECTURE: Carol Eaton Soltis, “Partners in Art, Thomas Sully and His Daughter, Jane Sully Darley.”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:00 PM

Carol Eaton Soltis is Project Associate Curator, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently she co-curated and co-authored Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, with William Keyse Rudolph, Milwaukee Art Museum.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Eaton Soltis Program Non-Member

GALLERY TALK: Samuel Streit & Daniel Traister, “Rare Books at the Athenæum.”

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:00 PM

Samuel Streit (Brown University) and Daniel Traister (University of Pennsylvania) are retired rare book and special collections librarians who have contributed to past Athenæum exhibitions which focused on the collections of Samuel Breck and Evan Turner.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or email


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