The McFaddin-Ward House doesn’t mess around when it comes to funky ideas for its Lecture Series. The 2017 Season includes programs with subjects ranging from bad art to antique guns.
“We like to keep our programs fresh and exciting for the public,” says museum director, Allen Lea. “Once we conceive the idea of what might be interesting, we go for the best person in that field; at least, the best we can afford.”
Outreach to those who might never visit a museum is part of the McFaddin-Ward House education strategy. “Many people only think museums are boring. We want them to leave here having a nice dose of art, history, culture, or liturature and not even realize it!” says Lea.
This will be the second year the McFaddin-Ward House has offered its extensive lecture program, one almost every month of the year. The lectures are always free with an occasional reception that follows.
If this year’s Lecture Series has a theme, it is probably “how weird can one museum be?” No doubt, you will see some doozies at the McFaddin-Ward House. The Museum of Bad Art Art, for example, boasts a provocative collection called “art so bad it shouldn’t be ignored”. Or how about The Purse Museum? Some will collect anything that appeals to a few who represent almost nobody.
At least one lecture is sure to grab your attention this year, so check our website and facebook page often and sign up for our mailings.
The McFaddin-Ward House 2017 Lecture Series (to date)
January 12 – Coastal Cowboys and Cattle Trails: They Pointed Them East First
February 9 – The Museum of Bad Art: Art Too Bad to Be Ignored
March 9 – From Page to Stage: An Evening with Jamie Brickhouse, novelist
April 13 – The Purse Museum: Women. History. Purses. Art.
May 11 – The Bryan Museum : The West as it Will Never be Seen Again
June 8 – The Mutter Museum: Modifying the Body
September 14 – Photographer Jack Knox: Ghost Towns, Gas Stations, and a 20 foot Cowboy
*October 18 – Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project
November 9 – NRA Gun Museum