Old Dartmouth Lyceum 2012

Thank you to all presenters, participants and sponsors for another successful lecture series! Information from this past season is listed below. Hope to see you again in 2013.

Thursdays: April 5 and 26, May 3 and 10, 2012

This lecture series sought to illuminate broader historical themes with fine and decorative arts. The Lyceum  examined significant holdings in the Museum collection, including 19th century landscape painting within the context of the collection, and provided a forum for discussion of other decorative arts including ceramics and glassware.
Each program began with a reception in the Jacobs Family Gallery at 6:30 pm, followed by a lecture in the Cook Memorial Theater at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, April 5

Stuart P. Feld of Hirschl & Adler Galleries in New York will share his insights on 19th century paintings acquired by the Museum during the tenure of Director & Curator Richard Kugler. Feld became one of the first Fellows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1961. From 1962 to 1967, he worked in the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum, during which time he co-authored American Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1967, he left his post as Associate Curator in Charge of the Department and joined Hirschl and Adler Galleries as a partner, becoming its sole proprietor in 1982.

Thursday, April 26

Kirk J. Nelson discusses "New Bedford Glass and Its Context." Nelson is an Honorary Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, former Curator of Glass at the Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich, MA, and former Curator of Art & Decorative Arts at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, VT. He has lectured and published extensively on a wide variety of glass-related subjects. His practical glass working experience includes part-time work at Pairpoint Crystal, Inc. of Sagamore, MA and the part-time operation of a small glass studio in East Sandwich, MA. In 1993, Nelson was one of five founding trustees to establish the Glass Art Center, Inc., which was affiliated with Bradford College in Bradford, MA. After the college closed, the Center relocated to New Bedford, MA and reincorporated in 2006 as the New Bedford Museum of Glass, of which Nelson is currently Executive Director.
(view lecture on YouTube)
Thursday, May 3

Keith Kauppila presents "Visual Culture of the Civil War Era." Kauppila has a deep interest in the visual and decorative arts and has been active on the Museum's Collections Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Governors at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy.
(view lecture on YouTube)
Thursday, May 10

Ceramics artist Chris Gustin presents "Finding Form." Chris is a studio artist and was a Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, from which he retired in 1998. Chris' work is published extensively, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. With over forty solo exhibitions, he has exhibited, lectured and taught workshops in the United States, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Chris is cofounder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and currently serves as Vice President on its board.
(view lecture on YouTube)


This winter and spring, the Whaling Museum presented twelve unique programs revolving around our signature lectures series:

Old Dartmouth Lyceum, Man and Whales, and the Sailors' Series.

Lecture rate

Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Combined Lecture Series Rate

Members: $165
Non-members: $225

Select any number of programs

Call (508) 997-0046 x100 to order your tickets today or order online.


Presented by

 Sponsored by

C.E. Beckman Co. & Hampton Inn New Bedford Fairhaven


Last modified: January 4, 2012