Saturday, May 4, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Free; registration required
About the Event
This event is sold out, but we will be live-streaming our talks and panel discussion. Join us online!
The 2019 Violette de Mazia Lecture will focus on the life and legacy of Ms. de Mazia herself. Educator, author, and guiding force behind the Barnes Foundation’s art education program for more than 30 years, Violette de Mazia came to define the Barnes for generations of students. Presentations from a biographer, a former student, an archivist, and a historian will shed light on this remarkable woman. Former students are encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to record thoughts and memories of Ms. de Mazia.
Please join us after the lecture for a reception in memory of Barnes scholar Richard J. Wattenmaker.
11:30am – 1pm
Talks and Panel Discussion
Violette de Mazia: A Biographical Sketch
Learning to See: How Violette de Mazia Taught a Reluctant Student to Appreciate the Art in Painting
Traces of Violette: Highlights from the Violette de Mazia Collection
Amanda McKnight, presenting on behalf of Bertha Adams
Ms. de Mazia and Art Education in the 20th Century
1 – 2:30pm
Serena Shanken Skwersky, PhD
Swersky is a Mellon Fellow, writer, and researcher. She is the author of Knight of Philadelphia, The Life and TImes of Albert Monroe Greenfield.
Bauman is a writer, educator, and artist. For ten years, she was the director of education for the Violette de Mazia Foundation, where she developed the foundation’s aesthetic education program and expanded its classes from the galleries of the Barnes to more than ten venues throughout the tristate area.
Adams is an associate archivist at the Barnes, where she is processing the Violette de Mazia Collection. She earned a BA in art history from Hunter College and an MA in history from Temple University and worked as a project archivist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 13 years.
McKnight has been with the Barnes since 2011 and currently manages the Archives, Library, and Special Collections. She holds a BA in art history from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in library science with a concentration in archival studies from the University of Maryland.
Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.