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Scarlett Has an iPad: New Directions in Southern Decorative Arts

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Bayou Bend Fall Lecture
"Scarlett Has an iPad: New Directions in Southern Decorative Arts" 
Speaker: Robert Leath, vice president of collections and research, Old Salem Museums and Gardens

Technological innovations of the last decade have revolutionized the study of American decorative arts, particularly in the South. Information that used to take weeks to compile can now be gathered in hours, even minutes. This technological revolution has spawned new discoveries on the lives of artists and cabinetmakers.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) launched documentary and field-research programs in the 1970s, during the age of paneled station wagons and cartridge typewriters. Today, the research continues through computers and round-the-clock Internet access, with important discoveries about Southern decorative arts and artisans made almost daily.
A reception follows the lecture, which takes place in Brown Auditorium Theater at the MFAH.
This event is free, but tickets are required. Secure your seat by clicking the "reserve" button above; by calling 713.639.7771; or at any MFAH admissions desk. Pending availability, tickets may also be obtained on the evening of the lecture at the auditorium box office. For information about the content of this program, call Joey Milillo, programs manager at Bayou Bend, 713.639.7759.


Twice yearly, Bayou Bend presents the Ballard Lecture Series, which features renowned scholars speaking about important aspects of American decorative and fine arts. This lecture series is generously endowed by Carol and Les Ballard.