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The 6th Annual Cincinnati Asian Art Society Lecture

June 21, 2020 |  2–3 p.m. | Fath Auditorium | Free

Explore the art of dance and the intersection of the visual arts and the performing arts in India.  Our speaker, Mekala Krishnan, bharatnatyam dancer, will perform a lecture-demonstration that creates connection between classical dance traditions and historic works of art that embody movement.

A reception will follow the lecture in the Castellini Room. FREE. Seating is first come, first served.


This lecture is sponsored by the Cincinnati Asian Art Society


The 20th Annual Benesse Lecture: Alison Saar

March 15, 2020, 2 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

Alison Saar is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work manipulates the human body to explore racism, sexism, ageism and the social dimensions of bi-racial identity in contemporary America. She received the United States Artist Fellowship in 2012, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1989 and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1988 and 1984. Her work is represented in the collections of many museums including New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Join us to hear this extraordinary artist reflect on her career to date. 

Members: $5, General Admission: $10. Reservations recommended.

The 20th annual Benesse Lecture is endowed by the Benesse Corporation. Alison Saar 

May 6, 2020 | 2-4 p.m.
Lecture begins at 2pm in the Fath Auditorium with tea to follow in the Great Hall.

“Make a Sterling Impression at the Table” with Jeannine Falino, independent curator and essayist for 
Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970.

In 1868, author James Parton stated, “Show me the way a people dine, and I will tell you their rank among civilized beings.” The dining room was considered the most important room in the house for the display of good manners, and silver became the most desirable medium for expressing gentility, sophistication, and wealth. Silversmithing firms like Gorham met this demand for refined wares with an ever-widening assortment of goods to meet every purpose and purse. Join independent curator Jeannine Falino as she shares her illuminating and sometimes humorous findings on gentility and silver in the American household.

General admission $10, NSCDA Ohio and Art Museum members free. Reservations required. Purchase Tickets

Presented by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio.
Colonial Dames Lecture and Tea graciously underwritten by the L. W. Scott Alter Trust.

24th Annual Kreines Lecture on Decorative Art and Design: Artist Beth Lipman

March 8, 2020, 2 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

FREE. Seating is first come, first serve.

Beth Lipman is one of the most recognized female artists of the contemporary glass movement. Her work explores aspects of material culture through still lives, site-specific installations and photographs. Join us as she speaks about the inspiration and creative methods behind her complex glass compositions.

Presented by Mrs. Kenneth Kreines and the Decorative

Arts Society of Cincinnati in Memory of Dr. Kenneth Kreines.

**This event is SOLD OUT**

An Evening with Wendell Berry & Gray Zeitz

Thursday, April 23, 2020
6–7:30 p.m. 
(pre-event at 5–5:30 p.m.)
Fath Auditorium

Wendell Berry is a Kentucky farmer who is bound equally to his pen as to his plow. His poetry and prose have guided the environmental movement internationally even as they have moved our spirits with affection for community and, to borrow his words, “the peace of wild things.” Berry will be joined on stage by his long-time collaborator, Gray Zeitz, who also is a poet and whose Larkspur Press is an artisan’s expression of the values celebrated in Berry’s body of work. Each will read from and then discuss their work. Q&A to follow.

PRE-EVENT: 5–5:30 p.m.
Your reservation allows you to come early to hear NKU students read their original work involving themes found in Berry’s work.

Wendell Berry, writer and farmer 
Gray Zeitz, writer and book designer
John Alberti (moderator), chair, NKU English Department

Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center Center for Civic Engagement

Frank Steely Library, Department of English, School of the Arts (SOTA), and the Friends of Steely Library.

Ron Ellis in memory of Debbie Ellis, DBL Law, Lewisburg Gateway LLC, the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Roebling Point Books & Coffee, Zalla Companies, and Mark and Kate Neikirk.

Free. Reservations required.

Lecture with Elizabeth Williams

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7–8 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

Join Elizabeth Williams, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the RISD Museum, to learn how Gorham Manufacturing Company put uniquely American designs on the international stage.

Members, FREE; general admission, $10.