The American Decorative Arts Forum is proud to have brought over 31 years of outstanding lectures by scholars and experts in American decorative arts to Northern California.

  1. 2012

    1. Jan10Art of the Garden, 1931
    2. Feb21David Hicks’ drawing room, Britwell Salome, England

      Youthquake: High Style in the Swinging Sixties

      Mitchell Owens, Architectural Digest

    3. Mar13Wedding Dress 1

      Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns

      Cynthia Amneus, Cincinnati Art Museum

    4. Apr10Crafting Modernism Cover

      Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

      Jeannine Falino, Museum of Arts and Design

    5. May08Corner or smoking chair by Robert Walker
    6. Jun09Japonesque Easel
    7. Jun09Chelsea plate, c.1755 (Victoria & Albert Museum)

      The Botanical Obsession: Prints and Porcelain, 1730–1830

      Patricia Darrell Knight, San Francisco Ceramic Circle

    8. Jul10View of Harvard College buildings, 1767.  Engraving by Paul Revere.

      Panorama of the American Campus over the Centuries

      Paul Turner, Stanford University

    9. Jul12Lecture Icon

      Pounds, Pence & Pistareens; The Real Story of Money in the American Colonies

      Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    10. Aug14The Constitution and the Guerriere

      Thomas Chambers, American Marine and Landscape Painter

      Kathleen Foster, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    11. Sep11Painted bedstead with canopy, circa 1855, painted by Thomas and Edward Hill
    12. Oct09Mahogany and cherry tea table, attributed Robert Walker (ca. 1710-1777)

      Black and White All Mixed Together: The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen

      Daniel Ackerman, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

    13. Nov13Kenneth Jay Lane Brooch
    14. Dec11Congressional Medal of Honor commemorating Stephen Cassin, ca. 1815

      The Glamour of Glory: War of 1812 Commemorations

      Ann Wagner, Winterthur Museum