First Wednesdays: Shelburne Museum director to discuss Wyeth family


MANCHESTER >> Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg will discuss the influence of the Wyeth family on American art and culture in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church on January 6 at 7 p.m. His talk, "The Wyeths: First Family of American Art," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library hosts the First Wednesdays site in Manchester.

Denenberg will talk about three Wyeths — N. C. (1882–1945), Andrew (1917–2009), and Jamie (b. 1946) — and offer new perspectives on these three painters who have shaped the way Americans view their world.

Denenberg is the director of Shelburne Museum. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2011, he served as the chief curator and deputy director of the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine), curator of American art at Reynolda House (Winston-Salem, N.C.), and curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, Conn.). He received a bachelors degree in history from Bates College and earned his masters and PhD in American Studies from Boston University. He has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and Winterthur and taught at Boston University, Harvard, and Wake Forest. He is the author of "Wallace Nutting and the Invention of Old America" and "Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place," and is editor or contributor to several books, including "Wyeth Vertigo."

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

Manchester Community Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

"The Wyeths: First Family of Modern Art" is underwritten by Southern Vermont Arts Center.

For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or


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