Yaddo

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Select Wednesdays June through September


Throughout history, gardens have inspired works of art and conversations as varied as the foliage itself. Join us in the Gardens at Yaddo to hear fascinating historical insights, enjoy moments of poetic beauty, and join the conversation!


Free and open to the public, registration required.

Questions? Please contact Development Assistant, Liberty Arnold larnold@yaddo.org

August 7 | The Portraiture of Carl Van Vechten with Lisa Schlansker Kolosek

Lisa Schlansker Kolosek will explore the distinct portraiture of American photographer, novelist, and performing arts critic Carl Van Vechten. She will also discuss her exhibition, Carl Van Vechten On Dance: Photographs from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, that was installed in the Yaddo mansion in 2021.

Pictured: Carl Van Vechten, [Eartha Kitt], October 19, 1952, gelatin silver print, The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum. Courtesy of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.


Lisa Schlansker Kolosek is an independent curator, art historian, and writer. Recent exhibitions include PEN America at 100: A Century of Defending the Written Word at the New-York Historical Society, Mark Seliger: SPAC Stories at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Carl Van Vechten On Dance at Yaddo. She is the author of The Invention of Chic. Thérèse Bonney and Paris Moderne (Thames & Hudson) and National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame: Celebrating 30 Years (SUNY Press). She is a 2023-24 recipient of a Short-Term Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Robert Gould Shaw Fellowship for the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University. 

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Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 82 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 MacArthur Fellowships, 71 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature. Learn more about the impact of Yaddo.

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