Classes & Lectures

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I’ve been offering classes and lectures about fragrance and culture since 2015. My approach is inter-disciplinary and multi-sensory, combining perfume history, art history, and popular culture.


NOTE:

Due to COVID-19, in-person events are on hold for now. However, if you’re interested in a video presentation of “Iconic Perfume Bottles: Design and Culture” or “Art History in Perfume Advertising” (neither of which has a “smell” component), or another form of consultation that doesn’t require sniffing things together, drop me a line at perfumeprofessor@gmail.com.


If you’d like to talk about hosting an event at your own business or organization, just get in touch! Topics may include:

  • Perfume 101: Fragrance Basics
  • Five Moments in Perfume History
  • Iconic Fragrances: Scent and Style
  • Aphrodite’s Aromas: Sensual Scents

…or most of the topics you’ll see listed below.

UPCOMING CLASSES

…more to come…check back soon!

“Scent, Style, and Culture: Five Iconic Fragrances of the 20th Century,” Somerset County Library, North Plainfield Memorial Branch, New Jersey, March 21, 2020    [Postponed…I’ll update when we’ve rescheduled it!]

PAST CLASSES AND EVENTS

Brooklyn Brainery

“10 Iconic Perfume Bottles: Culture and Design,” Brooklyn Brainery (online), June 11, 2020; 2017; fall 2015

Art History in Perfume Advertising: Pleasures, Taboos, Magic,” Brooklyn Brainery (online), April 30, 2020

Scentennial: Two Iconic Perfumes of 1919,” September 5, 2019 and December 5, 2019

Sensual Scents and Romantic Aromas,” February 5, 2019

“Show and Smell,” October 11, 2018; November 29, 2018

“Sensual Scents: Olfaction and Attraction,” Thursday, April 12, 2018

“8 Iconic Perfumes,” various dates 2016-2018

“Perfume 101: Fragrance Basics,” various dates 2016-2018, July 11, 2019

Brooklyn Museum

Five Moments of Art and Scent,” October 17, 2019

Frida Kahlo: A Perfumed Portrait,” April 4, April 18, and April 25, 2019

Society for the Advancement of Social studies

Aphrodite’s Aromas,” SASS at Caveat NYC, February 10, 2020

Think Olio

Frida’s Fragrance: Art, Scent, Persona,” Think Olio at The William Vale, July 25, 2019

“Pleasures, Taboos, Magic: Art and Perfume Advertising,” Think Olio at JWALK, July 19, 2017

“Classic Perfumes That Defined Their Eras, Part Two: 1950-2000,” Think Olio at Chandelier Creative, NYC, January 19, 2017

“Classic Perfumes That Defined Their Eras, Part One: 1900-1950,” Think Olio at Chandelier Creative, NYC, November 10, 2016

Brooklyn Public Library

The Art and Style of an Iconic Perfume: Guerlain Shalimar,” Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, January 10, 2019

Other Venues

“Iconic Perfume Bottles: Scent, Art, and Culture,” Brentwood (N.Y.) Public Library (online), July 21, 2020

“Iconic Fragrances: Scent and Style,” Hamilton Lectures, Thursday, July 19, 2018

“Sensual Scents and Romantic Aromas,” The Lucky HoneyBee Studio, Jersey City, February 3, 2018

The Macallan Edition no. 3, scent exploration table for New York product launch, September 2017 (a multi-sensory promotional event)

Panel Discussions

“Painting with Words,” panel discussion organized by The Perfumed Plume, Society of Illustrators, New York, November 7, 2018