The Gardiner Museum is open seven days a week. Explore our permanent collection, discover special exhibitions, get hands-on with clay in our studios, dine, shop, and more.
Enter an immersive world created by Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo, brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures that tell stories about our most urgent social issues, from the pandemic to the climate crisis. It will delight visitors of all ages!
Registration for our popular March Break camps opens to Gardiner Friends on January 23 and to the general public on January 25. From March 13 - 17, kids and teens can explore the Museum and get creative with clay in our pottery studios!
Experience the Gardiner's world-renowned collection, in person and online. From Chinese porcelain to contemporary Canadian ceramics, discover the people and histories behind the objects.
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Helen E. Gardiner Lecture
Generously supported by Alan Shimmerman
Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Sigalas, David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Dr. Vanessa Sigalas will introduce the people of 18th-century Saxony, Paris, London, and St. Petersburg through the Meissen porcelain sculptures of the Alan Shimmerman Collection. Johann Joachim Kaendler, along with his fellow modellers and painters at Meissen, captured glimpses of everyday life by paying meticulous attention to the smallest details: the carefully arranged tray of a trinket seller, the personal writing of a love letter, the larding tools of a cook preparing a hare. The Shimmerman Collection’s focus on groups of criers and artisans provides a fresh look at the creation, production, and distribution of Meissen porcelain. This lecture is based on the recently published collection catalogue of the same name.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Vanessa Sigalas is the David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Her research focuses on European decorative arts, especially German porcelain and ivory. She also serves as the Managing Editor of the American Ceramic Circle Journal.
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