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International Lecture Series 2022

Join us for the 40th anniversary season of the Treasure Coast’s most celebrated arts and humanities lecture series. This lecture series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vero Collects: Hidden Treasures Revealed. The featured speakers will provide audiences with multiple perspectives to help frame the themes of the exhibition. Attendees may join our guest speakers for a glass of wine immediately following the lecture in the Laura and Bill Buck Atrium.

To register click on the links below, or  contact:
Ellyn Giordano, Registrar:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 136
Denise Giannino, Public Programs Manager:; (772) 231-0707, ext. 139

Advanced Series Tickets, Members Only: $275 until September 30, 2021

After October 1, 2021
Holmes Great Hall Live Seating, Series: $330 members, $400 non-members
Simulcast series: $220 member, $265 non-member
Individual simulcast tickets: $80 member, $95 non-member

Either a ticket by phone or a printed ticket must be presented for each person in your party. No one will be granted access to the event without a ticket.

Presenting Sponsor: Harry and Virginia Van Wormer Lecture Fund

Supporting Sponsors: Kjestine and Peter Bijur, Frederick H. Leonhardt Foundation

Patron Sponsors: Susan L. Bouma, Carolyn and William Stutt Endowment for the International Lecture Series

Additional Support: Kenneth W. Cunningham, Jr. Endowment Fund

Monday, January 24, 2022 | 4:30pm | Culture of Collecting: Charles I and the Beginning of British Royal Collections
Desmond Shawe-Taylor
Former Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures

Rubens, Titian, Raphael, van Dyck. King Charles I of England amassed one of the world’s greatest art collections in the seventeenth century. Before his execution in 1649, he assembled a treasure trove of over 2,000 paintings and sculptures. Desmond Shawe-Taylor discusses the genesis of the British Royal collection and its occasionally tumultuous history. Shawe-Taylor served as the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures for fifteen years, a position that originated in the court of England’s first powerhouse collector Charles I.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor

Karole Vail

Monday, February 28, 2022* | 4:30pm | The Life and Legacy of Peggy Guggenheim
Karole P.B. Vail
Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Director for Italy
*Date is subject to change.

Karole P.B. Vail presents a lecture on the incomparable Peggy Guggenheim and her role and influence as a collector and patron of the arts. Ms. Vail takes the audience on a journey through Peggy Guggenheim’s background and years in Europe, the beginning of her collection and galleries in London and New York and the establishment of her final home and collection in Venice.

Monday, March 21, 2022 | 4:30pm | Fred Wilson: An Illuminating Artist for the Twenty-First Century
Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson is renowned for his interdisciplinary practice that challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display. Wilson’s early work was directed at marginalized histories, exploring how models of categorization, collecting, and display exemplify fraught ideologies and power relations inscribed into the fabric of institutions. At the onset of the twenty-first century, Wilson began to place more focus on his object-based work. In this lecture, Fred Wilson discusses the major artworks in his oeuvre, including the glasswork chandelier The Way the Moon is in Love with the Dark from the VBMA’s permanent collection.

Fred Wilson
Photo by Heratch-Ekmekjian

Joe Medeiros

Monday, March 28, 2022 | 4:30pm | The Unthinkable Theft of the Mona Lisa
Joe Medeiros

It is the greatest little-known art theft of all time. Step back in time to August 21, 1911: the day the Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. In his talk, Joe Medeiros, filmmaker and a leading expert on the theft of the Mona Lisa, will explore the trajectory of this event and how the news reached global audiences, thus making the Mona Lisa a household name.

*There will be a special film screening of Mona Lisa is Missing on Saturday, March 26 at 2pm. Producer Justine Mestichelli Medeiros and  Writer/Director Joe Medeiros will be on hand for Q&A following the program. Free, no registration required.