The 2020 Williams Decorative Arts Lectures have moved online! As we adapt to a new world, we have altered our annual lecture series to a series of short chats with Lydia Blackmore, curator of decorative arts. The chats will be held once a month, on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., via Zoom. Each program will open with a short “show and tell” video, followed by live Q&A with the curator. The Williams Lectures are a members-only series and require advance registration.  

Not a member? Rates start at just $45 per year and all levels include free admission to the Williams Decorative Arts Lecture Series in addition to many more benefits. Join online or call (504) 598-7155. 

Curator Chat calendar

  • Armoir made by Dutreuil Barjon, free person of color

    Looking into Armoires by Free People of Color Craftsmen

    Saturday, September 26 
    10 a.m.

    Curator Lydia Blackmore will open up two armoires in the Louisiana History Galleries. The armoires are both attributed to free men of color, cabinetmakers Dutreuil Barjon and Celestin Glapion.



  • French Wallpaper from Francois Seignouret's Royal Street Mansion

    French Wallpaper from Francois Seignouret’s Royal Street Mansion

    Saturday, October 17
    10 a.m. 

    During the restoration of the Seignouret-Brulatour Building, The Historic New Orleans Collection saved several sections of wallpaper original to Francois Seignouret’s residency. Blackmore will share what we have learned after several years of conservation and research.  



  • Williams Residence table settings

    Setting the Williams Residence Table

    Saturday, November 21 
    10 a.m. 

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, Blackmore will discuss the array of dishes, glassware, and silverware she selects from to create the table settings in the Williams Residence. 



  • Newcomb College crafts

    Newcomb Craft

    Saturday, December 12 
    10 a.m. 

    The art school at Newcomb College is best known for beautiful pottery; however, Newcomb artists studied and produced other crafts as part of their education, including needlework, metalwork, and even book binding. These crafts were produced to be sold alongside pottery in the Newcomb enterprise and exhibit many of the same hallmarks of the Newcomb style.