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Lecture Series

holding butterflyFrequent lectures held at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus offer insights from thought leaders from around the globe.

Selby Gardens is committed to sharing its unique plant collections, botanical and archaeological research, and exhibition programs with the public. The Botanical and Historical Briefings lecture series is offered monthly fall to spring featuring presentations on topics including plants and conservation; regional history; and exhibitions and education.

Virtual Botanical and Historical Briefings are a member and donor benefit and will be offered to these individuals via an email invitation. 

Keynote Lecture: 
Pop Goes the Easel: Roy Lichtenstein Does Claude Monet with Dr. Carol Ockman

February 16, Noon to 1 p.m.

Mark Plotkin traveling

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Roy Lichtenstein’s Haystacks and Water Lilies are informed by the same commercial Pop aesthetic that gave us his celebrated works inspired by comics and advertising. Focusing first on his work of the sixties, this lecture explains how Lichtenstein arrived at his first Monet-inspired series from Giverny, the Haystacks, and why he came back to Monet 25 years later in his series of Water Lilies. As we look closely at works in the exhibition, we will discover not only how radically Lichtenstein’s pop versions of Monet’s works differ from their sources but also, more surprisingly, how much they share.

Carol Ockman is a writer, performer, curator, and Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), with dual specialties in French art from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and contemporary art and culture. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in Art History from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in the same subject, as well as Italian, from Stanford University.

Please note: Members will receive an exclusive email with the registration link for this event.

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Botanical Briefing: 
Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Insights and Inspiration from the Painter’s Gardens with Elizabeth Murray

March 11, Noon to 1 p.m.

Mark Plotkin traveling

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Elizabeth Murray, artist, gardener, photographer and writer weaves stories of Monet’s life in Giverny. Explore stories from Monet’s gardens, learn how it became his muse, deepening and expanding his life’s work. Through her award-winning photography, Elizabeth will share stories of the restoration of the gardens, historic photographs & Monet’s paintings weaving a deeper understanding of Monet’s gardens. Elizabeth has enjoyed unprecedented private access due to being the first female gardener contributing to the restoration in 1985. Her photographs have been featured in books, calendars and national exhibitions alongside Monet’s paintings. Her best-selling book Monet’s Passion Ideas, insights & Inspiration from the Painter’s Gardens is a classic.  Elizabeth regularly conducts workshops by bringing small groups to experience and create in Monet’s garden. www.elizabethmurray.com

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Botanical Briefing: 
Plants that Pop! with Bruce Holst

April 14, Noon to 1 p.m.

Bruce sitting on a cliff

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“Explosive dehiscence” is the scientific term for forcibly ejecting seed and spore from a parent plant. Join Bruce Holst, vice president for botany, to discover that plants are more active than most people think. Plants have developed innovative ways to disperse their seeds by way of gravity; by enticing animals with tasty and nutritious seeds who then ingest and spread them through their excretions; or by using water or air to distribute them even further. Some of these methods include shooting them out using mini cannons, via exploding or spring-loaded capsules, or splash pans. Using high-impact visuals, attendees will delight in these active mechanisms of plant seed and spore dispersal. 

Please note: Members will receive an exclusive email with the registration link for this event.

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