101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 to reserve.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. After the American artists Mary Cassatt introduced the young Louisine Elder to the work of Edgar Degas, Louisine became the first American to purchase a pastel by the French Impressionist. Over the ensuing decades, Louisine and her husband, H.O. Havemeyer, known in the popular press as the "Sugar King," amassed a spectacular art collection, which they displayed in their Tiffany-decorated mansion on Fifth Avenue and at Hilltop, their Greenwich estate. Ms. Rabinow's lecture will explore Louisine's life and interests, from her earliest purchases made with her allowance to her later philanthropy and staunch support of women's rights. Yet another tale with so many links to Greenwich's colorful past. Lecturer Rebecca Rabinow is a curator in the Nineteenth Century Paintings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has organized 17 special exhibitions. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.