Day of Learning

Robert Lehman Distinguished Lecture: As We See It: The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch

Thursday, October 20, 2016

George Nick, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, 2008, Oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches

Join us for a ’Day of Learning’ with presentations by special guests in conjunction with the exhibition As We See It: The Collection of Gail and Ernst von Metzsch. The program will feature lively discussions with exhibition catalogue essayist, and independent curator Katherine French, artist George Nick (whose work appears in the exhibition), and collectors Gail and Ernst von Metzsch. Each presenter will carry the audience beyond the walls of the exhibition as they discuss its reflection of styles and subjects best described as “contemporary realism,” including naturalistic landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and interiors, as well as colorful, evocative abstractions.

9:30 a.m.: Doors open; welcome reception with Director Min Jung Kim and light refreshments
10 a.m.: Katherine French (see bio)
11:30 a.m.:  Self-guided gallery tour
12:15 p.m.: Catered lunch, provided by Riverhouse Catering
1:15 p.m.: Collectors Gail and Ernst von Metzch
2:15 p.m.: Artist George Nick (see bio)

Register for event


$45 Member
$60 non-Member

Fee includes lunch


Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Katherine French

Katherine French is now a New England-based freelance curator who has previously held curatorial positions at Boston University and the Montserrat College of Art before finally retiring as Director Emerita from Danforth Art (which was designated an Outstanding Cultural Organization by the Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative under her direction), Museum/School in 2015. Acclaimed for exhibitions on historical and contemporary expressionism, French received an award for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the 2010 Boston Art Awards. Recognized as a 2010 Distinguished Alumna by Boston University, she was also named one of Ten to Watch in 2011 by the Worcester Business Journal.

George Nick

Boston-based artist George Nick is known for his quick, large brushstrokes, depicting images of Boston’s landscapes and urban scenes. Blurring the line between realism and expressionism, Nick has described his painting style as intuitive and inventive. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., among many others.