April 13

NHM Lecture Series Presents

Karen Corsano and Daniel Williman, "John Singer Sargent in Boston"

Light Refreshments will be served.
Book sale and signing to follow lecture.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society: 99-101 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets: $10 members, $15 nonmembers

John Singer Sargent was a contemporary of the Nichols family, who were aware of his work throughout the city of Boston and beyond. Rose Standish Nichols has in her postcard collection an image of his painting “In the Generalife”. Boston was a true home town to John Singer Sargent, from his very first solo exhibition in 1889 to the last installation of his murals in 1925. That was because Boston wanted to welcome and honor him, to give him a circle of friends and a succession of portrait subjects to match his professional and social successes in London. Sargent returned the compliment by painting monumental murals – which he considered the highest form of his art – here and nowhere else. The authors have lively stories to tell, in words and pictures, of Sargent’s life and work in Boston.

Until her recent retirement, Karen Corsano was the senior programmer of the Nurses' Health Study and other epidemiological studies at the Channing Laboratory, Boston. Daniel Williman retired in 2007 as professor of Latin and History at Binghamton University in New York State. Since 1991, they have collaborated on studies of Medieval Latin archives and libraries. By 2003, when they married, they were using their archival skills differently, collecting material for their history of John Singer Sargent and Rose-Marie André-Michel.

Following the lecure, Corsano and Williman will be selling and signing copies of their book, John Singer Sargent and His Muse: Painting Love and Loss, a sensitive and compelling biography shedding light on John Singer Sargent’s art through an intimate history of his family. The book features a special focus on his niece and muse, Rose-Marie Ormond, telling her story for the first time.

Copies of the new paperback edition of the book will be available for sale for $24 via cash or check only.

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April 18

Opening Reception for the 2017 Exhibition
“Makers Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change”

Light Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

This event is at capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted.

The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1910), which called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. These values impacted the educations, careers and politics of the Nichols sisters. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum’s collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking. Beyond being object makers, the Nichols sisters utilized their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds. The museum showcases the Nichols sisters’ accomplishments and tells the story of craft from the Progressive Era to today by presenting works by contemporary craft artists interspersed throughout its historic rooms. By harnessing today’s spirit of making, activism and community engagement, the museum expands its interpretation of the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for activism in contemporary society.

May 9

Annual Meeting Lecture:

Emma Welty "Laborious Days, Margaret Homer Nichols and the Arts and Crafts Movement"

Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Free and open to members, but advanced registration is REQUIRED.

Nichols House Museum Head of Collections and Education, Emma Welty, discusses the youngest Nichols sister, Margaret (Nichols) Shurcliff. Shurcliff’s craft practice and carpentry business is the topic of Welty’s recent essay on the subject published in the catalog for the museum’s current exhibition, “Makers’ Marks; Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change”. Learn about the lifelong influence an Arts and Crafts education had on Shurcliff's life, and how her craft practice influenced her social and political activities.

In addition to overseeing collection and education initiatives at the Nichols House Museum, Emma Welty is a contract textile reproduction fabricator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is also a practicing artist, working primarily in fiber. Welty’s work has been exhibited in local and national group and individual shows, and in several private collections. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Haystack Mountain School of Craft Summer Conference Scholarship and the Marylin Pappas Award at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Welty is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she double majored in the History of Art and Fiber.

To register for this event, please email info@nicholshousemuseum.org or call 617-227-6993.

May 18

NHM Lecture Series Presents:

Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik, "Heroism and Hubris: Concrete Architecture in Boston"

Tour of City Hall to follow.

Presented in Partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Boston City Hall, Mezzanine, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

Tickets: "pay what you will" donation; advanced registration is REQUIRED. Please register here.

The design of the Nichols House Museum is attributed to Charles Bulfinch, whose Massachusetts State House was built with a focus on civil service and public discourse. Completed nearly 200 years later, Boston City Hall is often problematically labeled as “Brutalist.” However, the concrete architecture that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s was conceived with progressive-minded intentions that are consistent with Bulfinch’s ethical vision. The recent publication Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston tells the story of a material, a city, and a movement, punctuated with works by the world’s leading architects at the time, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, Paul Rudolph, Josep Lluís Sert, The Architects Collaborative, and others. Today, when concrete buildings across the nation are in danger of demolition, Heroic surveys the aspirations of this earlier period and considers anew its legacies—both troubled and inspired.

Two of the book’s authors will present discoveries from their eight years of research. The event will have a particular focus on the site of the discussion, Boston City Hall, one of the most compelling and controversial works of the era. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Boston Landmarks Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. It will be followed by a walking tour for those interested.

Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik are principals of the award-winning architecture and design firm over, under. Their book Heroic received a Graham Foundation grant, honors from the Boston Society of Architects and Historic New England, and was the subject of more than fifty reviews and articles in publications ranging from New York Review of Books to Harvard Design Magazine to Gizmodo. Chris teaches graphic design courses at Northeastern University and directs the pinkcomma gallery in the South End. Mark is a professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology and a member of the Boston Art Commission.

May 24

NHM Book Club Series Presents:

Milkshake, a novel by Joanna Weiss

Light Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5:50-7:00pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Tickets: $10 members, $15 nonmembers

We will be joined by author Joanna Weiss, who will lead is in a discussion of her debut novel.

When she tries to feed her baby in an art museum, new mother Lauren Bruce suffers a wardrobe malfunction — and becomes a poster child for the nursing wars. A politician, running for Massachusetts governor, enlists Lauren to help her win the women's vote. Nursing advocates want to make her a true believer. And a group called the MOMs — for "Mothers on Modesty" — wants everyone to cover up. Now, Lauren has to decide where she stands....

Joanna Weiss has been an op-ed columnist, political reporter, debate moderator, and TV critic for the Boston Globe. She is a commentator on Boston's WGBH and WBZ and a writer whose work has appeared in Politico, Slate, Pacific Standard, The Economist, and the live show Listen to Your Mother.

Her first novel, Milkshake, is a social satire about the politics of motherhood, and is available on Kindle and in print.

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June 1

Spring Fête

Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Boston Athanaeum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Tickets start at $150

Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction at this annual fundraiser, as friends of the Nichols House celebrate the arrival of Spring. Proceeds support conservation efforts of the museum. Event tickets can also be purchased by calling the museum at (617) 227-6993.

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June 22

Panel discussion:

"Making Marks; Artists Discuss their Practices"

Presented in partnership with the North Bennet Street School.
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

Panelists are artists Beth Ireland, Maria Molteni and Ben Ryterband
Moderated by Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, President of the North Bennet Street School.

Tickets: Free and open to the public, but advanced registration is REQUIRED. Please register here.

As part of the thematic programming associated with the Nichols House Museum’s current exhibit, Makers’ Marks, Art Craft and the Fiber of Change, three artists working in the craft arena will discuss their art practice.

The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1910), which called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. These values impacted the educations, careers and politics of the Nichols sisters. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum’s collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking. Beyond being object makers, the Nichols sisters utilized their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds.

The panelists and moderator continue to investigate the ideas that were important to the Nichols family. By harnessing today’s spirit of making, activism and community engagement, these artists build on the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for discourse and activism in contemporary society.

 

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