Global Objects and the Need for Material Literacy Saturday, April 27, 2024 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Carol and Les Ballard Lecture

April 27, 2024
In this lecture, Edward Cooke presents a new approach to examining historical objects. Instead of categorizing objects by geography or time, scholars can analyze raw materials and consider the objects’ functionality and origins. Cooke also talks about teaching material literacy so more people are engaged with object-driven histories.

Plan Your On-Site Visit
Admission is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting bayoubend@mfah.org or 713.639.7762. The lecture takes place in Bayou Bend’s Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center.

View Online 
To watch the lecture via Zoom, register here.

About the Speaker
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., is the Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts at Yale University. His primary focus is material culture and decorative arts since the 17th century. Cooke’s publications include historical studies and the books Inventing Boston: Design, Production and Consumption, 1680–1720 and Global Objects: Toward a Connected Art History.

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This lecture series is generously endowed by Carol and Les Ballard.