Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks, Members', Marjorie Merriweather Post
This is the first lecture in the four-part Cartier Lecture Series.
Marjorie Merriweather Post was one of Cartier’s most important and enduring American clients. Beginning in the 1920s and through the 1960s, she commissioned dazzling jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and a vast array of jeweled frames. Join Hillwood's director of collections and the exhibition curator Liana Paredes for a visually stunning presentation on how Marjorie signified important moments and events in her life with the acquisition of fabulous Cartier jewelry.
6-6:45 pm Member reception with the speaker. Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems and The Mansion open for touring.
7-8 pm Lecture (seating opens at 6:45 pm)
About the Speaker
Liana Paredes is the curator of Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, as well as Hillwood’s director of collections and chief curator. She holds an MA in Art History from the Complutense University in Madrid. Her ensuing studies at the Sotheby’s institute in London oriented her curatorial career towards the decorative arts. In the late 1980s Liana worked at the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, and at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in its European Decorative Arts Department. Liana has been at Hillwood since 1991. With Anne Odom, she was co-curator and co-author of the scholarly catalogue A Taste for Splendor, book that features the most important works of art of Hillwood’s collection. She has lectured and published extensively in the field of French decorative arts, decorative interiors and jewelry. She is author of Sèvres at Hillwood as well as French Furniture in the Collection of Hillwood Museum & Gardens. In Paris on the Potomac (2007), Liana published her research on the subject of French influences on architectural interiors in Washington D.C. Liana was the organizing curator of Sèvres Then & Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000 and the author of the accompanying catalogue. Her 2012 exhibition project, Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave marks the first contemporary initiative for the museum.
About the Series
Cartier’s longstanding reputation of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty was solidified with the firm’s embrace of modernity at the turn of the twentieth century. This stunningly illustrated lecture series traces the luxury brand and cosmopolitan clientele—including, of course, Marjorie Merriweather Post—throughout the twentieth century.
Tuesday, October 7: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, by Liana Paredes, Hillwood’s Director of Collections and Exhibition Curator
Tuesday, October 14: Cartier and Women of the National Gem Collection, by Jeffrey Post, Geologist - Curator-in-Charge, Mineral Collection, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, October 21: The Rue de la Paix in Paris: The Center of Belle Epoque Luxury, by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood’s Curator of 19th Century Art
Tuesday, October 28: Cartier: The Age of Glamour, 1930-1960, by Janet Zapata, independent jewelry historian