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DR SUZANNE HINMAN AND “THE GRANDEST MADISON SQUARE GARDEN” AT VENTFORT HALL AUGUST 20

There is a cast of fascinating characters in “The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York.”  Art historian Prof. Suzanne Hinman will tell all when she presents her remarkable story at a Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum Tea & Talk on Tuesday, August 20 at 4:00 pm. She will autograph copies of her new book of the same title at a following Victorian Tea.

Hinman will center on the most beautiful of New York City’s Gardens or Palaces of Pleasure (1890 – 1925) and the controversial 18-foot nude sculpture of Diana, Virgin Goddess of the Hunt that crowned it. The prominent players were pals, architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, both of whom gave American vitality to European architectural styles amid the elegant but scandal-ridden Gilded Age. The speaker will also present her new theory regarding a sexual motive behind the famous murder of Stanford White.

Architect, co-author of Stanford White, Architect and great-grandson Samuel G. White says about Hinman’s book, “Using the building as an armature Suzanne Hinman narrates a detailed and wide-ranging account of the Gilded Age from its picaresque characters, social choreography, and cultural preferences to its volatile economy, favorite restaurants, and even construction technology…That armature can support a great deal of information and Hinman uses it to full and entertaining advantage.”

Hinman holds a Ph.D in American art history ands has been a curator, gallerist, museum director, professor and an art model.  She owned an art gallery in Santa Fe and then served as director of galleries at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her interest in the artists and architects of the Gilded Age and the famed Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire, where Augustus Saint- Gaudens had a studio and summer home, developed while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

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Tickets for the Hinman talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.  The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

The Summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan, offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions asthe Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental.  Sarah Morgan was the sister of financier J. Pierpont Morgan.  Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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