Lectures and Seminars

Various Dates

The Jazz Age: Director’s Seminar Series

The Jazz Age: Director’s Seminar
Charles A. Riley, II Ph.D.
June 5 at 4:00 pm
June 19 at 2:00 pm 

$30 Members, $40 Non-Members per session

A six-part series on the art, literature and music of the Jazz Age. This university-level seminar will meet weekly for lively discussion and refreshments.

April 10, Welcome to the Jazz Age, Everybody was in Paris, from Picasso and L├ęger to Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Gershwin and Cole Porter

April 24, Anything Goes, Freedom from wartime, censorship, Prohibition and prejudice let loose the age’s literature, music and art

May 8, Learning to Speak Jazz, The music of Gershwin, Porter, Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong

May 22, Call to Order, Art and design by Corbusier, Chanel, Leger and others, ready to rebuild after the war

June 5, Gatsby and the Age of Elegance, From Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald to the luxury of Art Deco style

June 19, Truth in Painting and on the Page, Picasso and Hemingway break through to artistic expressions of truth

Various Dates

Brown Bag Lectures 

Riva Ettus
April 12, May 10, June 7
1:00 pm
Free with admission
No reservations
First come, first seated

Thursday, April 19

Off Campus Director’s Tour: Echoes of the Jazz Age in Midtown Manhattan

with Charles A. Riley, II Ph.D.
Choose 10:45 am - 12:30 pm or
1:45 - 3:30 pm session
$30 Members, $40 Non-Members

A walking tour of the favorite places of such Jazz Age figures as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker and Fernand Leger. Beginning with the Art Deco masterpiece of the Chrysler Building and the former editorial offices of Vanity Fair, the walking tour follows in their glamorous footsteps as it wends its way along Fifth Avenue with stops at Brooks Brothers, the Yale and Princeton Clubs, the Algonquin (home of the Round Table), speakeasies such as the 21 Club, the Scribner Building where The Great Gatsby and For Whom the Bell Tolls were edited by the legendary Maxwell Perkins, up to the Plaza Hotel, the background for a famous scene in Gatsby and the fountain where the Fitzgerald’s cavorted. The tour lasts one history-packed morning/afternoon in Manhattan and is easily navigated on foot. Meet at Information desk of Grand Central Terminal.

Sunday, April 22

Gallery Talk with Director and Curator Charles A. Riley, Ph.D.

Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Free with admission

Join our Museum Director and Curator of The Jazz Age,Charles A. Riley, Ph.D. for a lively and informative tour of this exciting exhibition.

Saturday, May 12

From Princeton to Paradise

A Celebrity Lecture by Charles Scribner III
Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm
$30 Members, $40 Non-Members

Renowned lecturer Charles Scribner III (pictured above) will speak about his family’s relationship with Fitzgerald and his own ties to Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, the definitive American novel of the past century. From the beginning of Fitzgerald’s career, his novels were proudly published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. As a sophomore at Princeton, this Charles Scribner - a fifth generation Princetonian - settled down for an evening train ride to Philadelphia with a silver flask and a copy of The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. Four decades later, Scribner offers an evening reflection on his long attachment to Fitzgerald. Trained as an art historian, and the author of several books and articles on Rubens, Scribner has been a popular speaker at numerous venues, including the Metropolitan Museum, The National Gallery, The Frick Collection and The Morgan Library.

Saturday, June 23

An Historian in the Gallery
Dr. Jay Tartell

Free with admission
Reservations not needed 

Join historian and collector Dr. Jay Tartell for an unforgettable trip through the Jazz Age using records played on period talking machines. An expert on the early history of the phonograph and recording industry, Dr. Tartell is also a connoisseur of the jazz recordings of the Twenties, a selection of which he has curated (along with our exhibit of rare phonographs, Victrolas and radios) specially for the Museum. By sharing his collection of voices from the past, the events, performers, composers, and musical styles of the '20's will achieve new vibrancy.



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