Sunday Lectures

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, A BILINGUAL FORERUNNER: A Renaissance Man’s Vision for His Colony

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10 - 07 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-07 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Historical figures such as Stephen F. Austin bring forth wonder, respect, skepticism, and hope. In the 1820's, when he led the first Anglo-American colonists into Mexico, a newly formed nation that had spent 300 years as part of the Spanish Empire, Austin did not know Spanish and his French was basic. From the start, he understood that to succeed in this new enterprise, he had to ensure that he and his colonists could communicate, both legally and socially, in the Spanish language of their newly adopted country. In this lecture, we will look at both the historical context of these times and Austin’s Spanish language skills, through his secret diary, and personal and business correspondence.

A CONVERSATION WITH KATE AND DAVID: Artists on Art

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10 - 14 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-14 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

David Brauer is a trained artist as well as an art historian. Kate Pogue is a stage director and playwright as well as a Shakespeare scholar. Together in this spirited exchange they will explore the many steps an artist takes to mastermind an idea from inspiration through to the finished work.

MISS IMA HOGG: The Great Texan and Collector

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10 - 21 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-21 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Ima Hogg (1882-1975), philanthropist and patron of the arts, daughter of Sarah Ann (Stinson) and Governor James Stephen Hogg, was born in Mineola, Texas. She ranks among the best-known and most admired philanthropists in the history of Texas. For much of her life, she was affectionately known as the “First Lady of Texas,” owing to her family’s long tradition of public service. She transformed her home into a museum to display one of the best collections of American antiques. When oil was discovered on the family property, the new found wealth was used for public good. The Hoggs believed that since oil came from Texas land, it belonged to Texas citizens. This lecture will highlight Miss Hogg’s family, early life, and her parents’ influence on her and her brothers regarding public service. Bayou Bend, donated to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts by Miss Ima Hogg, was an extraordinary gift.

THE SEPHARDIC (SPANISH) JEWS: From the Ottoman Empire to America

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10 - 28 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-28 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Following their expulsion from Spain in 1492, the Sephardic [Spanish] Jews were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire, where they spent over four centuries and contributed to its ascent. The beginning of the 20th Century reveals a two hundred year imperial decline in the making and the ensuing unfavorable environment prompts the Sephardic Jews to immigrate to America in search of a better future. Their integration into their new communities posed fresh challenges and unexpected consequences.

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL SUNDAY

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11 - 04 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-11-04 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join our in-house antiques guru Barry Greenlaw (who is also a genuine “antique” himself) for this exciting Sunday afternoon event. Bring up to three small items, or photos of large pieces, and Barry will attempt to identify them and provide an oral evaluation—no jewelry, rugs, clothing or anything else he knows nothing about. Join us for a fun, and hopefully educational, afternoon. “Vintage” wine and “aged” cheese will be served.

THE ROYAL ABBEY OF SAINT-DENIS: Cradle of Gothic Architecture

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11 - 11 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-11-11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

According to legend, Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was decapitated by Romans on a hill overlooking Paris, known afterward as Montmartre. He picked up his head and walked to the site of the abbey, where he collapsed and was buried. In the 5th century a church was built over Denis’ grave, which had begun to attract many pilgrims. From the 7th century onward, a monastery existed, lavishly patronized by King Dagobert, considered to be the first king buried at St-Denis. With few exceptions, all kings were buried there from Hugues Capet onwards. Today, the cathedral houses a collection of over 70 recumbent statues and tombs, unique in Europe. Rebuilt and enlarged four times through the centuries, the abbey church became one of the first manifestations of Gothic architecture. This richly-illustrated lecture will cover the history of the abbey, its place in the development of Gothic architecture and sculpture, and its role as royal necropolis.