Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SUMMER SHOW
Opening Reception


Kyle "BlackCatTips" Brooks
Edward Rice
Ben Smith
Will Kay

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Past Events

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Closing Reception
with Ashley Woodson Bailey

Book Signing & Demonstration
with Sybil Sylvester

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

COLLECTING ART 101

6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Talk

Want to learn more about starting your own art collection? Join our conversation with Atlanta’s top collecting experts Jane Cofer, Spalding Nix, and Anne Tracht featuring MOCA GA’s own director Annette Cone-Skelton moderating. The discussion will focus on how collections are started and how they grow and evolve over time.

This event is brought to you by the MOCA GA Art and Social League.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Artist Talk
Katherine Sandoz

11:00 a.m.

Please join us for "The Anatomy of Painting," a lecture by multi-disciplinary artist, Katherine Sandoz. She will have you dissecting + diagnosing art, with the precision of a surgeon, regardless of subject, medium, or time frame.


 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Prince Charles: The Passions & Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

A presentation by best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith.

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC)
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305


6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Book-signing


In this illustrated lecture, based on her new book Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (April, 2017), Ms. Smith will give unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role of monarch.


 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Artist Talk
Ashley Woodson Bailey

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Opening Reception
Ashley Woodson Bailey & Katherine Sandoz

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Both artists will be in attendance.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Great Rivalry: England & France in the Modern World

6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Presentation

At Design Within Reach's NEW showroom
1210 Howell Mill Road

Presented by Jimmy Caughman. Caughman is an independent cultural historian with a focus on Europe.  He will be exploring the history of England and France from the 18th to the 20th centuries focusing on the different personalities and artistic sensibilities of each country.

Sponsored by Spalding Nix's CULTURE CLUB, French Heritage Society & Design With Reach.

Thursday, March 17, 2017

ARTIST TALK & BOOK SIGNING : Landon Nordeman

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Calling All Artists . . .
How to Use Copyright Law to Protect Your Art!


2:00 p.m.

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.

 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

ARTIST TALK: Lisa Tuttle

11:00 a.m. at the gallery
 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

ARTIST TALK: Spencer Sloan

6:30 p.m. at the gallery


 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Opening Reception - ON THE EDGE
Landon Nordeman, Spencer Sloan & Lisa Tuttle

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 Reginatowriter-at-large, Vanity Fair.

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC)
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305


6:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. Book-signing

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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.

James Reginato, Writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, will talk about several of these homes in England, Ireland, Italy, and the Carribean, and for the first times illustrate some of their private interiors—among them the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, the last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire; Villa Cetinale in Tuscany owned by the 7th Earl of Durham; Blenheim Palace, the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough; Broughton Castle, home of the 21st Baron Saye and Sele; and The Grove in Oxfordshire, home of Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Lady Pamela Hicks.

Mr. Reginato will bring the history of these families and remarkable residences alive and discuss how the modern stewards and aristocrats keep these stately homes going in high style, based on his new book Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats(Rizzoli, 2016).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thomas Jefferson: Planting the Arts in America

A presentation by Susan R. SteinRichard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs at Monticello.

Design Within Reach
2451 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305


6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation

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
The Galleries of Peachtree Hills

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) 
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE
1st Floor Presentation Room

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation


Originally from Atlanta, Elisabeth Koch attended the renowned Wombourne School of Millinery in the UK. After graduation, she set up Elisabeth Koch Millinery in Beijing in 2007.  

Koch's hats and hair pieces have been worn by royalty, movie stars and have gone to Royal Ascot, the Melbourne Cup, Kentucky Derby and weddings world-wide.  After a short documentary on Koch's life in Beijing -- as a milliner, as a mother of 2 young children, as a foreigner -- Koch will tell us what it's like to be the only hat-maker on Mainland China. How did she find this profession? Why hats? Why her? Why there? Get the answers plus see how hats are made the old-fashioned way and how the Chinese celebrities found her.

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.

Watch Elisabeth's TED Talk Here

   

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

The Chatov Family of Artists: 100 Years of Painting
a presentation by Marc Chatov

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation

8:00 p.m. Book Signing

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.

Drawing on substantial new research conducted in France and the United States, this volume provides history on a grand scale while answering the crucial questions of: Why did Americans shower Lafayette with so much acclaim that he remains a hero today, being named an honorary U.S. citizen in 2002—becoming only the seventh person ever granted this distinction? And why, in contrast, does his memory continue to be denigrated in his own land? The Marquis reveals the man and his complex life, while challenging and exploring the complicated myths that have surrounded his name for more than two centuries.

Laura Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University. She has been the recipient of major fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University. She is currently the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School. 

May 20, 2015

Paris Through World War II: Innovation and Creativity

 A Presentation by James F. Caughman

 This was an amazing period of innovation where Classicism and Modernism lived side by side. This efflorescence of creativity can be seen in all artistic disciplines: architecture, painting, furniture, fashion, music, ballet and film.  The Belle Epoque comes to an end with World War I in 1914; however, the creative spirit is renewed after the war in the amazing decade of the 1920s, the Crazy Years.  

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

House & Hound: Dogs in the English Country House

A presentation Gareth Williams | Curator, Weston Park Foundation

Presented by The Royal Oak Foundation & Spalding Nix's CULTURE CLUB

From gaunt greyhounds shown in early English tapestries to pampered pooches whose beds have the same Colefax & Fowler chintz as their mistress' sofas, depictions of hunting dogs and family pets are everywhere in English country house collections including sculptures, textiles, tapestries, plasterwork, and on tableware or porcelain.  Whether country squire's dogs at English manor houses, members of hunting packs on grand estates, or dogs from the royal households, celebrated lecturer Gareth Williams considers the cultural influence and artistic legacy of the English country house dog in this illustrated talk.

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