April 12-June 16: Edgar Degas exhibit at Lightner Museum

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist – Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle Exhibition

Friday, April 12, 2019 – June 16, 2019

This significant exhibition features drawings and prints plus photographs, monotypes, correspondence, and sculpture from a single private collection. Our limited-engagement showing of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist is free for museum members or for $5 above the price of museum admission. For more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Edgar Degas Opening Event  – A Chic Soirée

Thursday, April 11, 2019 (7- 9 p.m.)

The Lightner Museum will be holding an exclusive opening soirée from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, April 11th, 2019.  Attendees will be treated to a special preview of the distinguished art exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist while enjoying sumptuous French wines, light hors d’oeuvres and a flowing musical performance by the Alberto Caballero trio. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit LightnerMuseum.org

UPCOMING EVENTS AT LIGHTNER MUSEUM

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10 a.m.

Educator’s Tour – Selected Sculptures

Enjoy a walk through and a special look at selected sculptures with Lightner Museum educator Alison Schaeffler-Murphy. This tour offers attendees an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the different types and processes used in creating this 3-dimensional art form.  The educator’s tour is included in the price of admission and will begin in the front lobby of the museum at 10 am. For more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Sunday, April 14, 2019 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Lightner Learning Lab – Drawing Like Degas

Children aged 5 – 14 are invited to join Lightner Museum educators in exploring the portraits and self-portraits shown in our special Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Educators will discuss portraiture alongside some of Degas’ favored drawing media.  This informative talk will be followed by an enjoyable self-portrait chalk-drawing activity. Little Lightners (ages 5 – 9 accompanied by an adult) will meet from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Lightner Leaders (ages 10 – 14) will meet from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children with an additional $5 fee for parents living outside of St. Johns County. Reservations are required and space is limited. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Thursday, April 18, 2019 (6:00  – 7:30 p.m.)

Educator’s Talk – A Grand Tour: Degas and His Circle

Join Lightner Museum educator Alison Schaeffler-Murphy for a presentation focused on the significance of Edgar Degas as an artist. This special look at the artist’s life, body of work, and “who’s who” in his circle of friends will include a discussion of the commonality of trans-Atlantic crossings during the Gilded Age.  Our Grand Tour concludes with a look at artwork he created during his visit to Louisiana in 1873. Tickets are $5 (free for museum members); reservations are required. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Thursday, April 25, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Lightner After Hours – Celebrating Degas’ Circle

While Edgar Degas did not commonly paint en plein air, his circle of friends certainly did! Join The Lightner Museum and The Saint Augustine Art Associations’ circle of friends during April’s free monthly social event. Guests will enjoy an early evening of cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and music by “Ramona.”  Equally fun is a special opportunity to watch registered plein air artists painting live-happenings in our historic mezzanine area of the museum. Guests may enter at the Granada Street entrance (with the blue and white awnings, located across from the Corazon Cinema). Visitors wishing to view the Degas exhibition during our free Lightner After Hours event may purchase a $5 admission ticket in the museum gift shop that evening. For more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10 a.m.

Curator’s Tour – French Decorative Art Connections

Join Lightner Museum curator Barry Myers for a special look at French Gilded Age decorative arts and furniture assuredly acquired by Americans while on their French and European “Grand Tour.” This special curator’s tour of French Decorative Arts is free for museum members or $5 above the price of museum admission. Tours will begin in the front lobby of the museum. Tickets are available for both the 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m tours and can be purchased at LightnerMuseum.org

Thursday, May 2, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Robert Flynn Johnson Lecture -“Chasing Degas: My Four Decades Collecting This Artist and His Circle”

Meet collector and curator Robert Flynn Johnson and hear the fascinating details of building his collection for the making of his Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. During more than 40 years as a professor and curator of collections with the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Mr. Johnson’s passion for collecting works by Degas grew to intriguing heights. Lecture attendees are bound to take pleasure in learning first hand how Degas’ artistic genius first captured Johnson’s attention and of the many adventures while tracking down works on paper by Degas and his circle of artistic colleagues. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Lightner Museum members). Reservations are required. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Sunday, May 12, 2019 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – “Thé français avec maman et Degas”

Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day Tea Party à la française replete with assorted teas, French sandwiches, sweet treats, floral crowns, and a children’s art activity to the accompaniment of a French musical performance by Epcot’s France Pavilion performer Jonita. Ticket prices include a rare glimpse of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 17 years and younger. Reservations are required. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

May 15, 2019, at 5:30 pm

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Presented by Dr. Steve Noll

To finish our esteemed speaker’s series, the Lightner Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Noll from the University of Florida to give audiences an opportunity to more fully understand how transportation played a pivotal part in the development of Florida. This history as territory and state can be told through the changing methods of transportation designed to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, this presentation shows how Florida moved from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, this presentation moves from Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues facing Florida in the 21st century. This is a free event. Registration is required and can be made online at LightnerMuseum.org

Thursday, May 30, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Lightner After Hours – Gilded Age meets Belle Epoch

This month we celebrate Edgar Degas’ visit to New Orleans in 1873 with cajun faire accompanied by a Cajun Dave of “Nawlin’s Po’ Boy’z” performance. Attendees to this month’s free social event may enter at the Granada Street entrance (with the blue and white awnings, located across from the Corazon Cinema). Visitors wishing to view the Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition during our free Lightner After Hours event may purchase a $5 admission ticket in the museum gift shop that evening. For more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (10:00 a.m.)

Curator’s Tour – Touring Degas

Lightner Museum curator Barry Myers will provide an exclusive last look at artworks in our limited-engagement showing of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist. This final walk through of our Degas exhibition is free for museum members or $5 above the price of museum admission. Tours will begin in the front lobby of the museum. Tickets are available for both the 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m tours and can be purchased at LightnerMuseum.org

Thursday, June 6, 2019 (6:00 – 8:30)

Lightner Collector’s Forum – Adventures in Collecting

If you are a collector or simply intrigued by the possibilities of starting your own collection we invite you to attend Lightner Museum’s inaugural collector’s forum event. Our distinguished panel of collectors will share information on their adventures as a collector alongside insights on how to expand your own collecting passion. Ticket prices include a rare glimpse of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.  Reservations are required. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Sunday, June 9, 2019 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Lightner Learning Lab: Degas, Prints and I

Children aged 5 – 14 are invited to tour and learn about the different types of prints on view in our Museum’s collection and in the Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist exhibition. Lightner museum educators will provide a richer understanding of the types of printmaking while encouraging young visitors to truly look and appreciate why artists choose to work in their selected print media. Our tour will be followed by an enjoyable printmaking activity. Little Lightners (ages 5 – 9 accompanied by an adult) will meet from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and Lightner Leaders (ages 10 – 14) will meet from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children with an additional $5 fee for parents living outside of St. Johns County. Reservations are required and space is limited. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

Wednesday, June 12, 2019  (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

Viewfinder: Edgar Degas’ Photographic Vision

Join Flagler College art history professor Chris Balaschak for a talk exploring the impact of photography on the Impressionists. As evidenced in our current exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Degas regularly took and explored the possibilities offered by this new technology.  Professor Balaschak will discuss how Degas use of photography and its influence on his artwork. Tickets are $10 ($5.00 for museum members). Reservations are required. For tickets and more information visit LightnerMuseum.org

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