Events


2018 Events & Daily Programming

*Seating is on a first-come basis and is complimentary with Show admission

 


2018 Calendar

Thursday, January 18

5:00-9:00 pm

Opening Night Party

Open the social season with a glamorous night of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and the “best of the best” in fine and decorative arts from around the world. All ticket sales and net proceeds benefit East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx.

Opening Night Party

Friday, January 19

11:00 am

Group Event

Design Luncheon & Tour

12:00 PM

Show Opens to the Public

Design Luncheon & Tour

Design Luncheon & Tour

Saturday, January 20

11:00 am

Exclusive Access

VIP Tour & Lunch

Enjoy a VIP Day the 64th annual Winter Antiques Show! Arrive before the Show opens to the public for a tour led by one of our world-renowned exhibitors, then enjoy a delicious lunch in the historic Herter Brothers-designed Board of Officers Room. Ticket permits re-entry to the Show for the remainder of the day.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Citizen Philanthropists: Celebrating a Century of Patronage at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018

Dr. Susan J. Rawles
Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Arts, VMFA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is the first state-operated art museum in the United States, but every work of art that enters its collections does so at the behest of private patronage. In 1919, on the heels of World War I, John Barton Payne gave fifty works of art to the Commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently offered a $100,000 matching grant for the construction of an art museum. Payne’s hope was to craft an institution capable of educating and uniting a disparate people. Rising to the challenge, Governor John Garland Pollard initiated a public-private partnership that matched Payne’s funds and shaped a future of collaboration. This talk chronicles the history of the museum, its founding vision, and the century of art patrons whose gifts of leadership, art, and funding have realized Payne’s dream of a world-class collection made by and for the people.

Vincent van Gogh, Daisies, Arles, 1888

Sunday, January 21

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

A Home of Art: American Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Christopher C. Oliver
Assistant Curator of American Art, VMFA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has maintained a steady interest in American Art since John Barton Payne’s foundational gift in 1919. Over the course of the past century, VMFA has acquired remarkable works through the largesse of equally extraordinary patrons. This talk features the museum’s collecting history from the fraught years of the Great Depression and World War II, through a period of zealous collecting timed to the nation’s bicentennial, to the arrival of some of its most significant additions during the past thirty years with highlights from its collections of painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. The department’s recent period of unprecedented growth has been supported by distinguished patrons, including the Gottwald family, Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane, and James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin, who have strengthened and broadened VMFA’s commitment to American art from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries.

Pair of Girandoles, ca. 1800

Monday, January 22

11:00 am

Chubb Panel Discussion

Discovering Photography

Hosted by Chubb

Leading experts discuss the art of photography, and its valuation, through the lens of unusual cases and little-known histories, from Victorian England to New York City on September 11, 2001.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

European Art at VMFA: Acquisitions and Audiences

Dr. Mitchell Merling
Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, VMFA

Dispelling the notion that VMFA's European Collection is a worthy but somewhat haphazard agglomeration of isolated masterpieces, this talk will argue instead that it is—and has always been—well-planned and of consistent interest to scholars and public alike. The talk will review the thrilling and ever-accelerating growth of the department, from the foundational gifts of Judge John Barton Payne and Adolf and Wilkins Williams (European Paintings), through such successive coups-de-forces as the Paul and Rachel Mellon Collections; the Gans Collection of English Silver; and the Frank Raysor Collection of Prints. Purchases made recently, including an entire gallery of nineteenth-century Academic art, major masterpieces from every preceding century, as well as associated objects from traditions not usually represented in European galleries, will be discussed along with dynamic display strategies that have brought new and enthusiastic audiences to this most traditional area of museum interest.

Jan Miense Molenaer, Allegory of Marital Fidelity, ca. 1633

Tuesday, January 23

11:00 am

VIP Tour & Lunch

Your group will enjoy early entry to the show, a tour of show highlights led by one of our prestigious exhibitors, and a catered lunch in the historic Board of Officers Room, designed by Herter Brothers. Following lunch your group is free to explore the show, attend the 2:00 PM Loan Exhibition Lecture, and visit the 2018 Loan Exhibition, Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation: Celebrating a Century of Art Patronage, 1919-2018. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Decorative Arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Masterpieces of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco

Barry L. Shifman
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Decorative Arts, VMFA

VMFA’s internationally-renowned collection of decorative arts from 1890 to 1935 is comprised of numerous objects from Virginia collectors Lillian Thomas Pratt and Sydney and Frances Lewis. The extraordinary collection of Russian decorative arts assembled by Lillian Thomas Pratt in the 1930s and 1940s boasts more than 170 objects by Karl Fabergé, including five imperial Easter Eggs. In 1947 the more than five hundred works were donated in her memory. These have been recently reinstalled in VMFA’s suite of five Russian galleries. Complementing the Pratt’s European holdings are generous contributions from Sydney and Frances Lewis of Richmond. From the early 1970s, the Lewises acquired masterpieces by celebrated artists—including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hector Guimard, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, among others—to form an exceptional group of works in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles. “Decorative Arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Masterpieces of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco” will feature the remarkable history of these two collections.

6:00-9:00 pm

Chubb Corporate Night & Tours

Mikhal Perkhin, Workmaster; Vassillii Zuiev, Painter; For Fabergé Firm, Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903

Thursday, January 25

7:00-9:00 PM

Young Collectors Night

An exciting, high-energy evening for new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts. Featuring cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, a private viewing of the Show, and a chance to meet some of New York’s most illustrious interior designers, Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine, and Zac Posen the Creative Director of Brooks Brothers Women’s Collection.

Young Collectors Night

Friday, January 26

5:30-8:00 pm

Expert Eye Evening

Join the world's most prestigious art and antiques experts for an elegant evening of booth talks, wine tastings, and conversations about collecting and design.

Expert Eye Evening

Sunday, January 28

6:00 PM

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