Ventfort Hall French Fashion Discussion

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LENOX, Mass. — Elizabeth L. Block, PhD, author of "Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion" on Friday, May 13 at 3:30 pm on Zoom. 
Learn how wealthy American women as consumers and as influencers helped shape French couture of the late nineteenth century.
Elizabeth L. Block is a Senior Editor in the Publications and Editorial Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Block earned her PhD in art history at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a focus on nineteenth-century U.S. painting. She also holds an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, and a BA in English and Art History from The George Washington University.
Her articles appear in "American Art," "Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide," and "West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture." Her book, "Dressing Up:The Women Who Influenced French Fashion" (2021), published by MIT Press, is available now. It is the winner of three publication grants, including the Aileen Ribeiro Grant from the Association of Dress Historians.
Tickets are $20. This talk is available on Zoom only. Reservations are required. For reservations please visit Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable.

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Nutshell Playhouse At Ventfort Hall

LENOX, Mass. — Don Jordan of the Nutshell Playhouse will bring his troupe to appear in an original production, "Spyjinks," premiering for the first time at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, May 21 at 11 am. 
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