American Decorative Arts Forum Lecture: Kelton House Farm: Celebrating 17th-Century American Furnishings, Architecture, and Gardens, by Joseph P. Gromacki

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Koret Auditorium

Joseph P. Gromacki will tell us about his house, which was built in the first half of the 18th century, and its collection of 17th- and early 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts. Kelton House Farm is named for the family that built it, in the bucolic landscape of the the upper Connecticut River Valley, near Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Kelton House’s furniture, ceramic, textiles, and metal wares reflect the aesthetic achievements and diverse cultural influences of their time. Most of the furniture is from New England, primarily made by joiners and turners of English descent, and the middle colonies, reflecting British, Dutch, and German influences.

Gromacki’s longstanding interest in historic preservation and in fine and decorative arts is reflected, of course, by Kelton House Farm. He also serves as a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Layton Art Collection in Milwaukee, Historic Deerfield, and the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, Massachusetts. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Arts Society, a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as the National Trust Council, a support group for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ticket Information

Free to members of the American Decorative Arts Forum; $15 general. No advance purchase or reservations. Museum is closed. Enter from Level B1 of the parking garage; pedestrians enter from the concourse (across Hagiwara Tea Garden and down the steps opposite the museum’s main entrance).

Contact Information
Gordon Fine
(415) 346-4856