Join us for CULTURE CLUB! Enjoy a glass of wine and a stimulating presentation – CULTURE CLUB topics range from the history of pearls to art theft.
In 2003, Spalding Nix founded CULTURE CLUB upon returning to his native Atlanta after working at Sotheby’s in New York. Mr. Nix established CULTURE CLUB to give Atlantans the opportunity to experience presentations by world class experts on all things cultural on a regular basis.
CULTURE CLUB raises funds for nonprofit institutions and organizations through a suggested donation ticket policy. Each event supports a different organization, selected by the CULTURE CLUB speaker.
|Thursday, March 17, 2017
ARTIST TALK & BOOK SIGNING : Landon Nordeman
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery
|Saturday, March 11, 2017
Calling All Artists . . .
How to Use Copyright Law to Protect Your Art!
Presented by Matthew Goings and Meredith Ragains of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Have you or someone you know ever experienced someone copying your art and passing it off as their own, even selling it? Have you wondered how you can protect yourself and your creative works what to do if it happens to you? Come learn steps to take to combat this infringement from two Georgia Lawyers for the Arts attorneys.
Friday, March 3, 2017
ARTIST TALK: Spencer Sloan
6:30 p.m. at the gallery
Friday, February 3, 2017
Opening Reception - ON THE EDGE
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
All artists will be in attendance.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Modern Aristocrats: Ancestral Houses & Their Stories
A presentation by James Reginato, writer-at-large, Vanity Fair.
The history of England and the British people is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the seats they have occupied for centuries. These houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and at times scandal and tragedy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Thomas Jefferson: Planting the Arts in America
A presentation by Susan R. Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson was politically and artistically creative. He dedicated himself to securing the future of the young republic, believing that the arts were essential to creating an American identity. Inspired by the art and architecture he saw in France, he became a self-described “enthusiast on the subject of the arts.” Architects and artists alike credited him with planting the arts in America. Through his designs for the Virginia State Capitol and the University of Virginia, he shaped public architecture and encouraged artists to paint American history and America’s natural wonders. This talk is a fresh look at Jefferson’s formative role, including the architecture and works he designed, art he collected, and the artists he influenced as well a peek at some of the latest discoveries at Monticello.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
ARTIST TALK: Sarah Lamb
11:00 a.m. at the gallery
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Opening Reception for
Sally King Benedict & Sarah Lamb
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sally King BENEDICT, Saint Nik, oil on linen, 36 by 24 inches unframed
Friday, October 21, 2016
Evening of Strolling & Shopping at
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
ARTIST TALK: Gregor Turk
6:30 p.m. at the gallery
Saturday, October 1, 2016
ARTIST TALK: Elizabeth Stockton
2:00 p.m. at the gallery.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
TIP OF THE HAT: A Discussion of Hat Design & Creation with China's Only Milliner
A presentation by Elisabeth Koch of Elisabeth Koch Millinery Studio
Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC)
6:30 p.m. Reception
There will be Elisabeth Koch Millinery hats available to try on and purchase. Many of these unique hats will be shown at Atlanta International Fashion Week (AIFW) in July 2016. Koch also gives hat-making workshops.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
A presentation by Ryan Gravel, author of Where We Want to Live
Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. His master’s thesis launched the Atlanta Beltline, which through fifteen years of progress, is now changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Alongside other projects at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, Ryan’s book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), investigates this cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.
Watch Ryan's TED Talk from 2010 Here.
June 22, 2016
Renaissance and the Golden Age of the Loire Valley
A presentation by Caroline Coyner
The Golden Age of the Loire Valley is a fascinating look at how the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc, François 1st, Catherine de Médicis and other influences transformed the Loire Valley from a provincial district into the most powerful region of France in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and set the foundations for a renaissance in architecture that still enchants the world 500 years after its zenith.
April 4, 2016
“The Heart of England”: The History and Design of British Pubs
A presentation by Ian Cox to benefit the Royal Oak Foundation
The 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys described the pub as the heart of England. Indeed a history of pubs can be traced back to Roman occupied taverns and Anglo-Saxon alehouses. By the 18th century, the term alehouse evolved to “public house”—a private establishment providing alcoholic beverages to the public to be consumed on the premises. By the mid-to-late 19th century, the village public house was a feature of every British community. As major cities grew, the number of purpose built public houses sky-rocketed and became important leisure sites for the working classes. The Victorian era saw the creation of flamboyant pub interiors, notable for their sumptuously decorated mirrors, tiled walls, and etched glass “snob screens.” Examples include the exquisite Crown Bar (c. 1826) in Belfast, a National Trust property with Italianate paneled “snugs” or private drinking areas; the 1901 Jacobean revival Barton Arms in Birmingham featuring richly detailed Minton tiles; and The Black Friar in London whose high style Arts & Crafts interior is clad in colored marble with ornamental friezes of jovial friars in copper, bronze, and wood. Art historian Ian Cox will discuss this fascinating history of pubs in Britain and explain their important role in 19th to early 20th century. He will illustrate their changing architectural and interior style and show how new technologies and the burgeoning social and economic changes during the Victorian era led to the popularity of such lively establishments
Ian Cox is a decorative arts historian with special interests in historic interiors, furniture and ceramics. For many years he taught in the History of Art Department at Glasgow University and was Director of the Christie’s Master’s Programme in the History of the Decorative Arts. From 1999 to 2014 he worked at Christie’s London School of Education, first as Director of Studies and then as Director of Short Course Programmes and The London Art Course. He is currently Director of the Victorian Society of America London Summer School which enjoyed its 40th anniversary in 2014.
March 23, 2016
6:30 p.m. Reception
The Chatov Family of Artists: 100 Years of Painting
a presentation by Marc Chatov
In the annals of art, there exists family lineages of exceptional painters for whom art appears to be a birthright. The Chatovs are one such family. Marc Chatov will discuss three generations of his artistic family sharing stories about his father, Roman, and his uncle, Constantin. Marc will also discuss concepts and ideas about his art and the current direction of his art.
October 28, 2015
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
a presentation by Laura Auricchio to benefit French Heritage Society
Laura Auricchio will speak about her book Lafayette Reconsidered. This major biography of the French hero of the American Revolution, who, at age nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington, looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes to reveal a rich portrait of the man, driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses.
May 20, 2015
Paris Through World War II: Innovation and Creativity
A Presentation by James F. Caughman
Jim Caughman is an independent historian who just retired from Kohler Company where he was the senior marketing executive for Kohler Interiors. During his career, he traveled extensively throughout the world for business development and ran international business units for Kohler while living in London and Paris. From 2003 until 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Washington Design Center in Washington DC.
Jim’s interest in furniture and decorative arts was stimulated by his intimate involvement in developing historical licensing programs with The Historic Charleston Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The Stately Homes of England, Scotland and Ireland. In the course of his career, he visited approximately 50 English country houses to study fine and decorative art and also attended the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House. Working with the French designer and scholar Jacques Garcia, he participated in presenting the 2008 exhibition “When Versailles was Furnished in Silver” at the Palace of Versailles.
Using his background in comparative cultural studies, Jim focuses on furniture and decorative art as they relate to the broader context of painting, architecture, literature, music and fashion. In addition to compelling content, Jim uses rich imagery and entertaining stories to bring his lectures to life.
April 16, 2015
A presentation Gareth Williams | Curator, Weston Park Foundation
January 28, 2015
Out Of Fashion
A presentation by Landon Nordeman
Described by New York Magazine’s The Cut as their “backstage photographer extraordinaire,” Landon NORDEMAN (born 1974, NYC) was dispatched to photograph fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris during September 2014. For three intense weeks—and through more than 100 shows—his photographs, which Instagram described on their blog, as “reminiscent of Martin Parr and Guy Bourdin,” documented the high-paced chaos of all that surrounds the catwalks. His fashion images, exhibited at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery for the first time, are comprised of surprising moments and juxtapositions and are filled with color. Nordeman’s unique point of view, characterized by National Geographic senior picture editor Sadie Quarrier, as “delightful, bold and unexpected,” provide his audiences—many of whom follow his work on his Instagram feed—with a fresh perspective on the world of fashion.
“Photography for me is about discovery and appreciation,” states Nordeman. “It is a way of probing the world, and making pictures to satisfy my curiosity.”
Nordeman has photographed around the world for fine art projects as well as commercial clients. American Photography, Communication Arts, Pictures of the Year International, The PDN Photo Annual, The Best of Photojournalism, The Center for Documentary Studies, PDN’s 30, The Society for Publication Design and The James Beard Foundation have all commended his work.
Nordeman’s photographs have been exhibited at The Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC, The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing among other venues, and are in significant private collections and those of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Columbus Museum of Art. His editorial client list includes The New Yorker, New York Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue.
November 6, 2014
The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration
A presentation by Jeremy Musson, Architectural Historian and Author
October 15, 2014
Gone with the Wind's 75th Anniversary: The Three Day Premiere
A presentation by Tim Lee
September 17, 2014
Atlanta History You Can Talk About At Your Next Cocktail Party
A presentation by James Ottley
May 14, 2014
An 18th Century Royal Residence: Kensington Palace
A presentation by Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces
April 16, 2014
American Silver: Stylistic Periods and the Current Market
A presentation by Joseph Brady
March 19, 2014
The Art and Life of Atlanta Artist Wilbur G. Kurtz: Inspired by Southern History
A presentation by Dr. David O'Connell
November 5, 2013
Brides, Millionaires, and Innovators: Americans Who Revived the British Country House
A lecture by Clive Aslet
October 23, 2013
Hills & Dales Estate:
A Splendid Old Place - Ever the Admiration of All
A presentation by Carleton Wood
September 18, 2013
Peachtree Creek: A Natural and Unnatural History of Atlanta's Watershed
A presentation by Dave Kaufman
June 19, 2013
Painted Porcelain of the Lycett Studios of Atlanta
A presentation by A. Michelle Miller
May 7, 2013
Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice"
A presentation by Susannah Fullerton
April 10, 2013
Andrew Crawford: The Business of Creativity
A presentation by Andrew Crawford
February 20, 2013
National Geographic Greatest Photos of the American West
A presentation by Seth Hopkins
January 16, 2013
Margaret Mitchell: A Life in Pictures
A presentation by Tim Lee
November 19, 2012
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
A presentation by Sally Bedell Smith
October 24, 2012
Howard Finster's Paradise Garden
A presentation by Jordan Poole
September 26, 2012
Secrets of Paris
A presentation by Lewis Nix
July 18, 2012
The Lamps of Tiffany
A presentation by Tom Wester
April 25, 2012
Women in Art History: Overcoming Conditions & Customs
In honor of The National Museum of Women in the Arts' 25th Anniversary
A presentation by Spalding Nix
February 21, 2012
The Private Life of a Public Place: 400 Years of the Sackvilles at Knole
A presentation by Robert Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville
October 19, 2011
The Magnificent World of Pearls
A presentation by Lee Wiser McIntosh of Katura Design
August 17, 2011
A History of Frames: 500 Years of Frames in 10 Frames
A presentation by Allen Mason
June 15, 2011
Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art & Design
A presentation by Merrily Baird