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Hildreth Meière Paints the Great Hall: The Inside Story

A Lecture by Catherine C. Brawer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Room 101, Washington, D.C.

No charge.

Photo ID and reservations are required.

Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meière’s (1892-1961) first major commission was to create the ceiling decorations for the dome of the Great Hall at the National Academy of Sciences at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. (currently undergoing a major restoration project). During her lifetime, Meière was one of the most respected and prolific muralists in the country. As one of America's most gifted embellishers of architectural environments, Meière was a leading practitioner of the art of mosaic. “Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière,” a major exhibition of her work curated by Catherine C. Brawer, is on view at the National Building Museum from March 19 through November 27, 2011. At this brown bag lunch discussion, Brawer will speak about Meière’s work on the Great Hall, the project that launched her career.

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