Monday, April 11, 2011

Stephen Lash Lecture -- Art Deco: Great Ocean Liners of the 1920s and 1930s

Had the chance to attend one of the Mariner's Museum spring lectures this evening. Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s Americas gave a lecture entitled "The Floating Palaces of Art Deco: Great Ocean Liners of the 1920s and 1930s". As with most things in the art world and much in the literary one, the contributions made by French architects, designers and craftsmen were my personal favourites. I was interested to learn that while the reputations of these giant ocean liners were built on the extraordinarily luxurious first class accommodations, the economics were driven almost solely by the conveyance of immigrants and mail delivery contracts. Mr. Lash is an accomplished lecturer, with an upbeat speaking cadence, punctuated at just the right moments with humorous anecdotes and personal stories. He thoroughly conveyed his passion for the subject by providing a wealth of details while hardly ever referring to his notes during his sixty-five minute talk. Really glad I had the opportunity to hear him speak.

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