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Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport

Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to partner with The Questers to present, Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport, with Dr. Margot Nishimura.

It all began with a big empty house on the ocean. Having spent most of her adult life away from Newport, Doris Duke returned in the late 1950s to re-open Rough Point, the summer “cottage” purchased by her late father in 1922 and abandoned by her mother in 1954. Duke would furnish the house with the Gilded Age contents of the New York residence she gave to NYU in 1958, continue to collect in the fashion of her parents’ generation, and then turn her energies and considerable wealth to preserving the remains of Newport’s early architectural and decorative arts traditions. But why Newport in the first place, and then why the turn to the colonial past? Please join Dr. Margot Nishimura for a virtual tour of the properties and a reconsideration, drawing on recent archival discoveries, of factors that fed this most famous of philanthropist’s later-in-life interest in Newport and all its varied material legacies.

Margot McIlwain Nishimura holds a PhD in art history, with a specialization in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and a B.A. from Smith College, also in Art History. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2011 to 2014, she was Deputy Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and since December 2014 has served as the Deputy Director for Collections, Programs, and Public Engagement at the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), which was founded by Doris Duke in 1968.

Location: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations:: New spaces available. Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission.