MAKING IT AMERICAN LECTURE A Promising Venture: Shaker Objects in the Index of American Design

The Making It American lecture series takes a broad look at what art, artifacts, objects, manuscripts, and other primary source materials can teach us about the development of American history, culture, the arts, and our national identity. Invited scholars analyze the construct of American values and ideals through our collections and exhibitions. Experts in their fields create presentations illuminating the development of our culture and international trends influences. These lectures are an exciting opportunity to learn from scholars recognized in their field who make their expertise and our collections accessible.

Lesley Herzberg, Curator of Collections, Hancock Shaker Village

Produced between 1935 and 1942, the Index is a visual archive of American decorative arts that reflects the exapaning interest in our nation's material culture. Herberg will illuminate the unique design characteristics of the Index's Shaker Portfolio and how accompanying photographs created a record for their context. 

Free with museum admission

This lecture is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).

Photo courtesy Index of American Design

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