Tim Knox of Cambridge, England, keynote speaker for 2014 Charleston Art & Antiques Forum

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland PHOTO PROVIDED


P. Allen Smith, TV Host, Author, and Garden Designer To Present Forum Finale

Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, will deliver the keynote address, as the 2014 Charleston Art & Antiques Forum marks the 300th anniversary of the Georgian Period in art and design. His lecture will focus on Architecture for Animals, specifically the exotic aviaries and menageries that fascinated English nobility in the 18th century and had the leading architects of the time competing to design the most extravagant and whimsical structures.

With this unique approach to art history, Mr. Knox sets the stage for this year’s lively lecture series. The Forum is scheduled for March 12-16, and will take place in the landmark Old Courtroom at the Confederate Home and College in Charleston.

The Forum is an annual lecture series that takes place in small-scale venues in Charleston, SC. It provides attendees with a high-level educational opportunity that encourages interaction between them and the national/international experts and scholars who come to Charleston to speak at the Forum. Follow-up surveys indicate that this effort is successful, and it is why participants consistently give high marks to the Forum and why it attracts top-quality speakers.

Allen Smith, host of TV’s P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, will cap off the Forum with a discussion of the Georgian influences in the landscapes and gardens of the American South and the revolutionary ideas that America’s early landed class applied to the canvas of their properties - including Monticello and the William Paca House in Maryland.

The Georgian Period takes its name from the four British King Georges who reigned from 1714 to 1830, and crosses the Atlantic to include the Presidency of our own George Washington. And the Forum’s line-up of speakers demonstrates this geographic span.

For example:

•Carol Cadou, Vice President, Historic Preservation and Collections, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will focus on the wide range of Georgian furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, paintings, and household items that our first President purchased.

•Christopher Monkhouse, Chair of the Department of European Decorative Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss Georgian Ireland’s role as the international crossroads for art and design.

•The Hon. Mrs. Christopher Chetwode (Cindy) will focus on the survival and recent revival (thanks to the intervention of HRH Prince Charles) of the spectacular Dumfries House at Ayrshire, Scotland.

•Carter Hudgins, Director of Preservation and Education at Drayton Hall, will explain why this house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the North American colonies and an icon of colonial identity.

•Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Senior Curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, will discuss Josiah Wedgwood’s role as a leading pace-setter for late 18th-century Georgian decorative taste, and share some of the remarkable Wedgwood pieces in the Museum’s collection.

But that’s not all: Other lecturers are Beth Carver Wees, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Keith Adams, Private Collector, Bermuda and New Castle, DE; Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Garden Designer, Historic Royal Palaces, London; and Alexandra Kirtley, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Forum’s long-time moderator, Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, will return to Charleston for the Forum’s 17th season. He will guide discussions of the Georgian house, its furnishings, and its gardens in England, America, Ireland, Scotland, and Bermuda.

Beneficiaries of the 2014 Forum are Drayton Hall, an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Charleston, and the Charleston School of the Arts, a public academic magnet school for grades 6 - 12.

Proceeds from the Forum’s annual ticket sales go toward hosting the Forum event and donating funds to beneficiaries. Each year, the Board of Directors selects as its beneficiary one or more non-profit organizations that also focus on arts education and preservation. About five percent of the annual proceeds go toward operating expenses.

Additional information about the 2014 Forum is available at www.charlestonantiquesforum.org.

The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable corporation.

Proceeds from each Forum are donated to other non-profits that support fine arts education and preservation.

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