Quotable Speaker Series

Sarasota Art Museum’s Quotable Speaker Series invites visitors to hear from artists, curators, and contemporary creatives who spark new ways of thinking about art, architecture, and creative practice. This special series offers a space for Sarasota to gather, share new ideas, and be inspired.

  • Glenn Adamson, author, Lino Tagliapietra: Sculptor in Glass
  • Leah Rosenberg, artist and author, The Color Collector’s Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday

  • Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and author, Advanced Style

  • Christopher Wilson, author, Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations

  • Brittany Berlin, author, Baked with Love: Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts

  • Molly Hatch, artist and author,  A Passion for China: A Little Black Book About the Objects We Eat From, Live With and Love

Molly Hatch, artist and author of A Passion for China: A Little Black Book About the Objects We Eat
From, Live With and Love

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$20 Museum Members| $25 Not-Yet Museum Members

TICKET + BOOK

$40 Museum Members| $48 Not-Yet-Museum Members

Join ceramic artist, designer, and illustrator Molly Hatch to celebrate the unveiling of her hand-painted “plate painting” installation in the Museum’s Jan Schmidt Loggia and Mark & Irene Kauffman Arcade.

Join ceramic artist, designer, and illustrator Molly Hatch to celebrate the unveiling of her hand-painted “plate painting” installation in the Museum’s Jan Schmidt Loggia and Mark and Irene Kauffman Arcade. The artist will discuss how inherited objects and their legacy inform her practice, in which she transforms and deconstructs traditional decorative arts patterns and motifs. Enjoy this special talk and see her large-scale installation, AMALGAM, consisting of more than 450 hand-painted plates.

Molly Hatch is a ceramic artist and designer best known for large-scale wall installations composed of her hand-painted ceramic plates. For nearly twenty years, she has worked to merge the physicality and meaning of ceramic forms with a painterly surface, transforming and deconstructing traditional patterns and motifs sourced from her research into the history of decorative arts and painting. Hatch’s artwork has been exhibited internationally with permanent installations in multiple museums, including Physic Garden (2014) at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Repertoire (2017) at the Newark Museum of Art in Newark, New Jersey. In 2023, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada commissioned and acquired her work titled Ducere, reinterpreting a Christopher Dresser design where it debuted at the recent exhibition “ParalElles: History of Women in Design.” In 2023, Hatch also completed seven commissioned pieces for Tiffany & Co. The Landmark in Manhattan, as well as stores in Dubai and Taipei. She lives and works in Florence, Massachusetts.

Previous Talks

  • Glenn Adamson, author, Lino Tagliapietra: Sculptor in Glass
  • Leah Rosenberg, artist and author, The Color Collector’s Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday

  • Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and author, Advanced Style

  • Christopher Wilson, author, Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations

  • Brittany Berlin, author, Baked with Love: Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts

  • Molly Hatch, artist and author,  A Passion for China: A Little Black Book About the Objects We Eat From, Live With and Love

Glenn Adamson, author of
Lino Tagliapietra: Sculptor in Glass

Saturday, November 11 at 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$35 Museum Members| $40 Not-Yet Museum Members

TICKET + BOOK

$90 Museum Members| $100 Not-Yet Museum Members

Join author Glenn Adamson as he shares his deep knowledge of the work of glass artist Lino Tagliapietra, whose work is featured in the exhibition Contemporary/Traditional: Selections from the Basch Glass Collection.

While other names like Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni may be slightly better known in the USA, no single figure had a greater impact on the art glass movement than Lino Tagliapietra. He is also widely acknowledged to be the most skilled artist of his era to work in the medium.  In his talk entitled Enter the Dragon: Lino Tagliapietra in Context, Glenn Adamson – historian, curator, and editor of a recent book on Tagliapietra- will relate the fascinating story of this artisan-turned-artist: his background in Murano, the famed glass-making island near Venice; his decision to come to America, and share his secret knowledge with the emerging community there; his collaborations with Chihuly and Marioni; and the genesis of his late, great work, among the most beautiful and technically accomplished glass artworks ever created. Throughout, Dr. Adamson will put Tagliapietra in context, comparing his work to that of other artists in the Basch collection (including Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Laura de Santillana, and Preston Singletary) and showing how he was shaped by the art, craft and design worlds of Italy, the USA and beyond.

Following his talk Adamson will sign copies of his latest book , Lino Tagliapietra: Sculptor in Glass.

Leah Rosenberg, artist and author of
The Color Collector's Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday.

Saturday, December 2 at 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$20 Museum Members| $25 Not-Yet Museum Members

Join San Francisco-based artist and author, Leah Rosenberg, to learn more about the local sources of inspiration for her site-specific wall painting, 28 Colors (Sarasota, FL), commissioned by the Museum in 2019.

Join San Francisco-based artist and author, Leah Rosenberg, to learn more about the local sources of inspiration for her site-specific wall painting, 28 Colors (Sarasota, FL), commissioned by the Museum in 2019. She will discuss her process of collecting color to record time and connect to place; and how cake, color, and community have informed her creative practice.

Based in San Francisco, Rosenberg is widely exhibited and has been awarded numerous national and international fellowships. Her work is part of SFMOMA’s permanent collection, where she also worked as the lead pastry chef at their rooftop café. Combining her talents, she created a spectrum of desserts based on the museum’s collection. Following her talk we invite you to enjoy a meet and greet experience with Leah Rosenberg.

Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and author of
Advanced Style

Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$35 Museum Members| $40 Not-Yet Museum Members

TICKET + BOOK

$74 Museum Members| $84 Not-Yet Museum Members

Join us for an afternoon with Ari Seth Cohen photographer and author of the style blog Advanced Style

When Ari Seth Cohen began taking photos of aesthetically ambitious older women on the streets of New York back in 2008, he never would have guessed what the project would become. “I was just making friends,” he told me. After he moved from the west coast to New York in his late twenties, Cohen started snapping these pictures to mourn the recent loss of his grandmother. He launched the blog Advanced Style as a place to catalog and share his observations, and a movement emerged from there. 15 years later Advanced Style has blossomed into a massive, vivacious community dedicated to aging with vitality. Cohen has turned the blog into a prolific output that includes four books and counting (Advanced Style, Advanced Love, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, and The Advanced Style Coloring Book) and a 2014 documentary directed by Lina Plioplyte.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the author and his muses at Sarasota Art Museum. Following his talk, Cohen will sign copies of his most popular book.

Christopher Wilson, author of Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations

Saturday, February 3, 2024 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$20 Museum Members| $25 Not-Yet Museum Members

Dr. Christopher S. Wilson discusses his recent book and his writing on Sarasota architecture.

Dr. Christopher S. Wilson is an Architecture and Design Historian at Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida, USA. He is also the “Scholar-in Residence” of the non-profit Architecture Sarasota, a recent merger of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Center for Architecture Sarasota.

 

In Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations, Dr. Wilson is concerned with the connection between the built environment and the passage of time, Reframing Berlin uses film locations in the city to reveal the influence that urban transformation has on memory-making. Covering the city’s history since the beginning of cinema, the book proposes the term urban strategies to understand the range of consequential actions taken by politicians, developers, and other powerful figures to shape the nature and future of buildings, streets, and districts. Organizing these strategies from demolition to memorialization, the authors study the ways these actions forget or recall aspects of place. Using cinematic representations of Berlin as an audiovisual archive, the study details how the city has adjusted to it traumatic twentieth-century history through architectural transformations.

 

Following his talk, Dr. Wilson will sign copies of his latest book, Reframing Berlin: Architecture, Memory-Making and Film Locations.

Brittany Berlin, author of Baked with Love:
Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts

Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$35 Museum Members| $40 Not-Yet Museum Members

TICKET + BOOK

$70 Museum Members| $78 Not-Yet Museum Members

Meet Brittany Berlin, food blogger extraordinaire. She will talk about wholesome, simple recipes, the benefits of healthy living, and her cookbook Baked with Love: Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts (2020).

Brittany Berlin. Food blogger in her kitchen. Photo: Fabiola X Photography

Meet Brittany Berlin, food blogger extraordinaire. She will talk about wholesome, simple recipes, the benefits of healthy living, and her cookbook Baked with Love: Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts (2020). Berlin will also share what led her on her journey to become a food blogger, her passion for sharing easy plant-based cuisine, and her ongoing fascination with baking, cooking, and food in general.

 

Brittany Berlin is the creator of The Banana Diaries, a vegan food blog dedicated to teaching and sharing how to make your favorite recipes entirely vegan (so no eggs and dairy-free!). Founded upon a desire to show just how easy plant-based cooking and baking can be, Brittany’s first cookbook, Baked with Love, features many classic and traditional dessert recipes, all dairy-free, eggless, as well as many gluten-free variations.

Following her talk be sure to get your copy of Baked with Love: Over 100 Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts signed by the author.

Saturday, November 11

1 pm

Thomas McGuire Hall | Sarasota Art Museum

TICKET ONLY

$35 Museum Members| $40 Not-Yet Museum Members

TICKET + BOOK

$90 Museum Members| $100 Not-Yet Museum Members

While other names like Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni may be slightly better known in the USA, no single figure had a greater impact on the art glass movement than Lino Tagliapietra. He is also widely acknowledged to be the most skilled artist of his era to work in the medium.  In his talk entitled Enter the Dragon: Lino Tagliapietra in Context, Glenn Adamson – historian, curator, and editor of a recent book on Tagliapietra- will relate the fascinating story of this artisan-turned-artist: his background in Murano, the famed glass-making island near Venice; his decision to come to America, and share his secret knowledge with the emerging community there; his collaborations with Chihuly and Marioni; and the genesis of his late, great work, among the most beautiful and technically accomplished glass artworks ever created. Throughout, Dr. Adamson will put Tagliapietra in context, comparing his work to that of other artists in the Basch collection (including Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Laura de Santillana, and Preston Singletary) and showing how he was shaped by the art, craft and design worlds of Italy, the USA and beyond.

 

Following his talk Adamson will sign copies of his latest book , Lino Tagliapietra: Sculptor in Glass.

A former foreign correspondent for the San Francisco-based Pacific News Service, Stan West remains a working journalist, reporting for the Wednesday Journal and WPNA-AM. He’s been a conflict journalist and culture reporter for most of his career. A documentarian who co-coordinates the Oak Park International Film Festival, West has written and co-authored several award-winning nonfiction books, including Suburban Promised Land. West teaches in the Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing program.

Jarret Keene earned his Ph.D. in creative writing at Florida State University. A beloved and highly sought-after professor, Keene is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches American literature and the graphic novel. He has written a travel guide, a rock band biography, poetry collections, and edited short-fiction anthologies, including Las Vegas Noir and Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. His most recent book is Hammer of the Dogs, a science fiction dystopian novel.

By some accounts, Roy Peter Clark is America’s writing coach, devoted to creating a nation of writers. A Ph.D. in medieval literature, he is widely considered the most influential writing teacher in the rough-and-tumble world of newspaper journalism. Clark has authored or edited more than twenty books about writing, reading, language, and journalism. Humorist Dave Barry has said of him: “Roy Peter Clark knows more about writing than anybody I know who is not currently dead.” Clark lives with his family in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has become famously fond of pelicans.

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