The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL., 60611, 312-482-8933, driehausmuseum.org) presents fascinating new lectures, tours, and more for the upcoming fall season. Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection. The Fall 2016 Offerings are as follows:
Exhibition Lecture: With a Wink and a Nod: Puck Magazine and Humor in the Gilded Age (Thursday, September 8): Puck, a Gilded Age magazine published weekly from 1876 to 1918, helped transform American humor from tall tales to more urbane and literary humor through its bold cartoons. Join Ms. Trull, Assistant Curator at the Flagler Museum and lead curator of the exhibition, to learn more about the history of this groundbreaking magazine and its contributions to the advancement of American humor.
One-Day Travel Tour: The Historic Hegeler Carus Mansion (Saturdays, September 10 or 17): By popular demand, the Driehaus Museum’s next travel tour is heading back to LaSalle, Illinois to experience the magnificent Hegeler Carus mansion, the site of great historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion. Tour includes lunch and an additional stop at the historic 1856 antebellum Reddick Mansion & Gardens.
Music’s Golden Moments: Jazz Trio Featuring Eric Schneider (Friday, September 16): Mr. Eric Schneider, joined by Jeremy Kahn and Spider Salof, celebrate the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley in this special concert. Mirroring social values and cultural concerns through their music, the trio will provide a reflection of golden American moments with gems like, “Anything Goes,” and “I’ll be Seeing You.”
Nickerson Lecture Series: Gilded Age Interiors: Herter Brothers and the William H. Vanderbilt House (Thursday, September 22): Join Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of American and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as she chronicles the significant interiors designed by Herter Brothers for the William H. Vanderbilt mansion in New York City. Herter Brothers is one of three firms who designed the interiors of the Nickerson mansion.
European Mosaic: Presented by The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians (Monday, September 26): Celebrate the season with a journey into the expressive and melodic folk music of Eastern Europe. Brahms‘ monumental first piano quartet, with homage to Hungarian folk tunes, is a sweeping romantic work of symphonic proportions scaled for four virtuoso players. Guest soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams join Rembrandt to guide you along on a tuneful, emotional trek.
Exhibition Lecture: Mark Twain’s Journalistic Joking (Thursday, October 6): This lecture by Dr. Greenhill, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, explores the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age by focusing on the work of Mark Twain, more specifically “Italian without a Master,” which Twain wrote while in Italy in 1903 for publication in Harper’s Weekly.
Nickerson Lecture: Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age: George Schastey and the Nickerson Mansion (Thursday, October 13): This lecture by Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant at the Met, brings to light George A. Schastey‘s significant, yet little known cabinetmaking and decorating enterprise of the Gilded Age, along with Schastey’s career, clients, and role in outfitting the interiors of the Nickerson mansion. Continue reading