Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series
Twice a year, Bayou Bend presents renowned scholars who speak about interesting and important aspects of American decorative and fine arts.
This lecture series is generously endowed by Carol and Les Ballard.
Past Events in This Series
Bayou Bend presents a dramatic staging of a talk given in the 1850s by prominent American artist Rembrandt Peale about portraits of the first president of the United States: George Washington.
With a special focus on the work of the Peale family artists as landscape painters, this talk delves into the important and underexplored tradition of landscape representation in Philadelphia.
Conservator and scholar Robert D. Mussey Jr. discusses “rediscovered” Boston cabinetmaker Isaac Vose, offering highlights of Vose’s masterpieces and distinguished clients.
Talks and self-guided tours spotlight connections between the Revolutionary Generation—Alexander Hamilton, George Washington & others—and how their stories have been recorded in U.S. material culture.
Explore the emergence of a new Western aesthetic for elegant furniture styles powerfully influenced by East Asian designs.
Quilts tell stories about topics as diverse as international trade, artistic expression, war, poverty, clothing, and friendship. In this talk, 10 iconic quilts provide inspiration for a discussion of quilt history from the 17th to 20th century. Free!