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Reception for the Victorian Society in America’s Summer Schools

The Victorian Society in America

New England Chapter and The Alumni Association of the VSA Summer Schools

WHO: Prospective students including those from nearby academic institutions and VSA Summer School alumni are invited to a reception with illustrated talks and information on the 2016 VSA Newport, Chicago and London Summer Schools. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Please register for the reception by contacting:

CONTACT: Edward Gordon: edwardwgordon@aol.com or 617-872-9001

ADMISSION: Free to all. A donation to the VSA Summer Schools Scholarship Fund is suggested.

WHEN: Sunday, November 22, 2015         TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Trustees Reading Room, Fisher College, 118 Beacon Street, Boston (Nearest MBTA stop: Arlington Street on the Green Line.)

ABOUT: Each summer, the Victorian Society in America sponsors Summer School programs in Newport, RI, Chicago, IL, and London, England. We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. The Summer Schools are academically rigorous and physically demanding. A typical day includes lectures and tours by leading scholars, considerable walking, periods of standing, and engaging social experiences. These intensive programs are action packed, with little free time. These programs provide in depth study of the multifaceted architecture and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

PROGRAM DATES: Newport June 3-11; Chicago June 16-21; London July 2-17

TUITION: The 9-day Newport Summer School costs $2,500; the 16-day London Summer School costs $4,500 and the 6-day Chicago Summer School costs $1,850 Tuition includes expert instruction, shared accommodation, some meals, tours, receptions, entrance fees, and bus transportation while on tour, but does not cover transportation to/from the school. Competitive scholarships for qualified applicants may be available from the VSA for the London and Newport Schools.

Further information can be found at www.victoriansociety.org

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Harvard Art Museums’ Art Study Center Open Hours every Monday!


Visitors in the Harvard Art Museums’ Art Study Center. Photography by Nic Lehoux

The Harvard Art Museums’ Art Study Center is always available for appointments to closely examine works in the collection that are not on view. But did you know that they also have special hours every Monday where you can drop by without an appointment? Through December 21, the Art Study Center will hold special open hours on Mondays, from 1 to 4pm. During open hours, visitors may request works from the collections not currently on view. Works related to exhibitions, programs, and curatorial and conservation research may also be featured. Stop by to look at some art up close or to check out another room in the new building!

The Art Study Center is located on Level 4. No appointment is necessary for viewing works during open hours. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.

Museums Gone Viral: Chicago’s Talking Statues

Many museums struggle with maintaining a good balance of technology – enough to attract (and keep the attention of) younger crowds, but not so much that visitors who go to museums to “unplug” are unable to do so. The best solution is to give visitors options. They can sign up for the facebook and the instagram feeds; they can walk past the video touch screens. Our new series, Museums Gone Viral, brings you real ways that museums have used technology and the internet to reach a variety of visitor groups.

Chicago, well known for its plethora of outdoor art, has recently stepped up its art game. This summer, statues all over the city began to talk. People can find a statue, like that of Abraham Lincoln and Cloud Gate (the big bean), with a plaque next to it, and wave their phone over the text. They then receive a phone call “from” that statue (which shows up on the caller ID) to hear it talking to them. Anyone with access to a smartphone can engage with the usually taciturn statues. The audio covers everything from silly stories to serious monologues. The best part about the project, which will last about a year, is that it’s totally free – minus the need for a smart phone – and very community centered. The words of the statues were completely written by Chicagoans. Other local famous folks, such as producer Shonda Rhimes and actors Steve Carrell and David Schwimmer, lend their voices to the project.

The statues have been bringing together people who pass by and wonder what the big attraction is. As Colette Hiller, artistic director of the company that created the project, explains, “It’s different from an audio guide. It’s more personal; it takes you by surprise.” This is an interesting thought. The project has roughly the same format as a traditional audio guide – visitors come to an object they want to know more about, are instructed on how to access the audio, and use an electronic device to listen to information on that object. Despite that fact, the mere idea of the audio being more interesting and engaging is seen as being somehow above a regular audio guide. It brings to mind interesting audio guides completed by people like Allison Dufty, who writes fascinating audio guides for a wide variety of audiences and museums. I would be interested to hear what the talking statues project is considered, if not an audio guide.

If you are around Chicago, particularly as the holidays are coming up, head out to any number of places to get a call from the lions outside the Art Institute or the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Let us know what you think! Is it worth the effort? Would you consider it an audio guide?

Keep your eyes open around Boston – it’s been reported that the same company who created the talking statues in Chicago are considering Boston as one of their next locations! I would love to hear the story that the ducklings in the Boston Public Garden have to tell.