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Club connection: Naples, Fla.

Skidmore professor John Anzalone
(at left) joined alumni for a guided tour of some remarkable art, after he delivered a lecture at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Fla.

Anzalone’s lecture, “Telling the Great War in Pictures,” focused on how French book illustrations, propaganda posters, and fashion evolved in response to changing attitudes about the First World War. “The format, the vast scope of information, plus John’s knowledgeable and smooth style, contributed to what turned out to be a very entertaining presentation,” says Florence Bishop Bogdan ’60.

The group had lunch under the dome of the Figge Conservatory, where alumni and spouses enjoyed “the opportunity to sit with friends and other guests and chat about many things,” as Ellen Judge Swanson ‘65 puts it.

Afterward, the group toured the exhibit The Mouse House: Works from the Olga Hirshhorn Collection, led by Hirshhorn herself (who is the mother of Skidmore Professor of Art John Cunningham). Her collection includes works by Picasso, Dalí, Man Ray, Giacometti, Calder, and de Kooning. The exhibit seeks to recreate the atmosphere of Hirshhorn’s small home in Washington, D.C., nicknamed the “mouse house.” “Having Olga Hirshhorn as our very own docent was priceless,” recalls Honey Koenig Gardiner ’67. “She had so many stories to tell about the various pieces in this very impressive exhibit of her collection.”

All in all, says Mary Winters Cooper ’60, the event was “one of the best we have ever hosted.” —PD