Events


Events & Daily Programming

*Admission to lectures is complimentary with the purchase of a Daily Admission Ticket. Seating is on a first-come basis.


2017 Calendar

Thursday, January 19

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.

Friday, January 22

11:00 am

Group Event

Design Luncheon & Tour

12:00 PM

Show Opens to the Public

Saturday, January 21

11:00 am

Group Event

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 and visit the 2017 Loan Exhibition, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Pioneer and Pre-Eminent: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (and the World of American Folk Art)

Nancy Druckman
President, Nancy Druckman Art, LLC

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller played a critical role in establishing folk art as a legitimate American art form. And, as founder of both the Museum of Modern Art and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Mrs. Rockefeller believed passionately that the art she loved should be shared with the world. This lecture will provide an overview of Abby Rockefeller's collecting interests and her relationships with the revolutionary dealer Edith Gregor Halpert and folk art scholar and curator Holger Cahill, and place her in the context of other important early collectors, including Electra Havemeyer Webb, Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Nina Fletcher Little, and Jean Lipman. Nancy Druckman will also draw on her own extensive career as a folk art specialist and discuss the tremendous growth of the marketplace for folk art from 1979 to the present.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Sunday, January 22

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Celebrating 60 Years of Collecting at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Laura Pass Barry
Juli Grainger Curator of Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s interest in American folk art coincided with the involvement of her husband, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in the restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia. That relationship led to the long-term loan and ultimate gift of her collection to Colonial Williamsburg, forming the nucleus of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, as it is known today. Unbeknownst to her, that unassuming act helped to place American folk art at the forefront of American art appreciation. Over the past sixty years, the collection has grown and changed, but the spirit of Rockefeller’s visionary collecting continues to inspire the museum visitors today. This lecture explores the museum’s rich history and looks forward to its bright future.

Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Monday, January 23

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum's Collection of Quilts: From the Chesapeake to Apple Pie Ridge & Beyond

Kimberly Smith Ivey
Curator of Textiles and Historic Interiors, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation first began collecting quilts in 1930 when textiles were needed to furnish the restored and reconstructed houses that were part of Virginia’s original colonial capital. It was not until 1972, however, that the first full-size American quilt was acquired by the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. The collection has steadily grown ever since. This lecture discusses the diversity of the Colonial Williamsburg quilt collection and reminds us that quilts continue to speak to us today, whether as art objects hung on walls, old family treasures, or important historical artifacts that teach fashion, social, political, and economic issues of particular times and places.

Ludwell Paradise House Interior

Tuesday, January 24

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 2017 Loan Exhibition, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Revolution & Evolution. Please contact Helen Kippax (Helenkippax1@gmail.com) for reservations. Reservations subject to availability.

2:00 pm

Loan Exhibition Lecture Series

Collecting American Made: From a Tennessee Face Jug to a New York Coffeepot

Suzanne Findlen Hood
Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

When the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation was founded in 1926 the first objects collected were buildings. With the formation of the Committee on the Purchase of Antiques and Historical Objects in 1928, domestically produced furniture, silver, and paintings were logical acquisitions in early efforts to outfit domestic interiors with “practical furniture of good quality representing the probable aspect of houses of the period.” The role of American-made ceramics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation changed dramatically with the formation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in 1957. This lecture will discuss Colonial Williamsburg’s assemblage of American-made ceramics and explore the changing role of domestically produced ceramics at Williamsburg, and the lucky accidents that have led to some important additions.

5:00-8:00 pm

Chubb Corporate Night & Tours

Catalogue from Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Collection

Thursday, January 26

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 and Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York magazine.

Friday, January 27

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.

Sunday, January 29

6:00 PM

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