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June 9 Lecture at Jamestown Settlement Mirrors 'Gateway to the Modern World' Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 22, 2012 – In connection with the Jamestown Settlement exhibition “The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World,” Twyla Kitts of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will present “Captains, Monarchs, Philosophers, and Merchants: Picturing the 17th Century,” a free public lecture at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater. 


“Woman Raising Her Hands Towards the Sun,” Golconda School (1650-60), Deccan (South India), 17th century, opaque watercolor on paper. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kathleen Boone Samuels Memorial Fund.

Kitts is curator for the exhibition that opened in November and continues through August 15.  Her presentation will investigate the dramatic changes in 17th-century technology and philosophy that set the stage for the modern world, using works of art from the VMFA collection to illustrate the shifts in international alliances, economic competition and world view that are characteristic of this transitional age.  Kitts is literary and teacher programs educator for VMFA’s Art and Education Department and collection educator for the Byzantine, Renaissance, Baroque, Fabergé and 18th/19th-century European galleries.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Russian history from the University of Virginia.  

The 17th Century: Gateway to the Modern World” was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement.  Sixty-five objects from European, Asian, African and American cultures – oil and watercolor paintings, etchings and engravings, needlework, and decorative and utilitarian objects of ceramic, wood and metal – were selected from the VMFA collection for exhibit.  Open daily during Jamestown Settlement operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the exhibition also will be open for lecture-goers from 6 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m. on June 9.

While admission to the lecture is free, advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or e-mailingrsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.  The exhibition and lecture are supported with grants from James City County and Altria Group and gifts from private companies and individuals.

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is located southwest of Williamsburg on Route 31 at the Colonial Parkway.  Permanent museum exhibits include expansive exhibition galleries and outdoor re-creations of an early 17th-century Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and a 1610-14 colonial fort.  General admission of $15.50 for adults and $7.25 for children ages 6 through 12 includes admission to the special exhibition. 

For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net.