This year’s Brazos Forum looks more at art found onstage or in galleries than in homes and gardens in “Celebrating the Visual and Performing Arts,” the theme to its two-day series of lectures and luncheons held Wednesday and Thursday at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 University Parks Drive.
Topics include how Carnegie Hall maintains its history of performers and performances, a look at how music has been portrayed in visual art, an explanation of how a National Portrait Gallery exhibition is put together, and the collaboration involved in designing a theater set.
Speakers include director Gino Francesconi, Carnegie Hall’s archives and Rose Museum director; Kate Lemay, a National Portrait Gallery curator and historian; Margaret Hancock, owner of Richmond, Virginia-based Margaret Hancock Studio; Michael Sullivan, a Baylor University assistant professor of scene design; and David A. Smith, a Baylor senior lecturer in American history.
Francesconi will give a talk titled “The House That Music Built” at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, followed by Hancock and “Audio Visual: The Music in Art” at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. Sullivan will walk Wednesday luncheon attendees through his “Page to Stage” program.
Thursday’s presenters are Lemay, speaking on “Hunting The Show: Curating Marlene Dietrich at the National Portrait Gallery” at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, with musical theater entertainers performing in “That’s Entertainment!” at 10:55 a.m. Smith will close the forum with a luncheon address summing up the forum.
All lectures will take place in the Mayborn Museum’s SBC Theater. Admission for each day’s events costs $50 for the general public or $40 for Brazos Forum members.