The Arts Society : Sparkenhoe Arts
Monday June 6th | 7.15 pm
The Dixie Grammar School, CV13 0LE
Members free, Visitors £7
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A lecture by Andrew Hopkins.
The Kennedy White House:
The Art, Architecture and Gardens of Camelot. This talk is about the White House’s most celebrated 20th century residents. No other White House couple were ever so glamorous, sophisticated and celebrated. The tragic end to the Kennedy presidency has tended to overshadow the astounding aesthetic changes made during their brief tenure. Apart from the wonderful film tour of the residence made by Mrs Kennedy and still shown to visitors today, the Rose Garden was a fine creation by Jackie and her friend, garden designer Bunny Mellon. So too, the interiors were restored seriously, based on historical research. Items belonging to the house throughout its history were retrieved, even gifted back by patriotic individuals.
Andrew Hopkins was previously Assistant Director of the British School at Rome from 1998 to 2002; and from 2004, Associate Professor at the University of L'Aquila. He was a Fellow at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence in 2003-2004, and in 2009 was the Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Andrew has published widely on topics such as Venetian architecture and Roman Baroque art.