I’ve just added a lecture to my schedule… I’ll be speaking about classic perfumes on July 19, as part of the “Hamilton Lectures” series in Manhattan.
For information and tickets ($40 each) to this “show & smell,” visit the Hamilton Lectures website.
Hope to see a few of you there!
Last fall, I was all but housebound with a broken ankle for many weeks. I was able to do a bit of office work remotely every morning, but other than that, I was feeling tired and uncomfortable and I just wasn’t up for anything that took extended concentration, including most TV and most reading. One notable exception: I spent some time working on an article idea that I’d had over the summer and I pitched it to Atlas Obscura. They liked my proposal, and I spent the rest of November and early December—between physical therapy appointments—doing the research and writing for my article titled “Ann Haviland, Forgotten Mastermind of the Signature Scent.”
I’m teaching a class at the Brooklyn Brainery on Thursday, April 12 (6:30 pm). It’s called “Sensual Scents and Aromas” and it will be a multi-sensory lecture (fragrance! art! tea pairings!). For information and registration, please visit the Brainery website. Hope to see some of you there!
Image: Detail of John William Godward, The New Perfume (1914). Private collection.
I’ve been purchasing products by The Lucky HoneyBee since the 2012 holiday season, so I’ve had plenty of time to get to know the HoneyBee herself, Melissa Buesing. I was very happy when she recently set up a new studio right here in Jersey City, because I’d be able to shop very locally. And when she invited me to teach a class or workshop in the studio one Saturday this winter, I was delighted.
In a few weeks I’ll be doing my first event in Jersey City—a class called “Sensual Scents & Romantic Aromas,” held at the studio space of The Lucky Honeybee. I’ve been enjoying The Lucky Honeybee’s good-smelling handmade candles and soaps for the past five years, so I’m especially happy to be teaming up with one of my favorite small businesses.
The class will be a multi-sensory “show-and-smell” format, as we’ll be experiencing fragrance notes that have been associated with love and seduction for centuries and hearing their stories—with a few visuals along the way, of course! Then we’ll sample teas and sweets flavored with the same notes and just take some time to chat.
If you’d like more details and registration information about this event, please visit The Lucky Honeybee’s website.
Update, October 17: Hello! I’ve had to reschedule this class, due to my recent leg injury. I’ll post the new date as soon as it’s confirmed. Sorry, and thanks!
On November 2, I’ll be teaching a one-night class about some lesser-known women artists who were active in New York from the 1920s through the 1940s (and beyond) — O’Keeffe’s contemporaries, if you will. You can find full information at the Brooklyn Brainery’s website, here! Image: Peggy Bacon, Frenzied Effort, 1925. Drypoint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harriet Brisbane Dick Fund, 26.10.7.
Next month, I’ll be giving a presentation on the longstanding relationship between art history and perfume advertising, hosted by Think Olio at J-Walk in Manhattan. If you’re free at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 19th, and this subject intrigues you, consider joining us! Mixed drinks will be served.
You can find details and a registration link on the Think Olio website.
On Friday, June 16, I’ll be teaching a class titled “Four (More) Modern Women: O’Keeffe’s Contemporaries” for Think Olio. I’m pretty excited about the location of this class: the rare book room at the Strand Bookstore! Get more details and register here.
***UPDATE: This class has been rescheduled and will take place on a Friday in August. More info to come!***